Species Name:Polyprion oxygeneios
Grey – Unrated
Also known as Hapuka, Hapuku or Whapuku (or Groper in New Zealand) is a member of the Wreckfish family. This deep-water species and sought after fish has a reputation for its superior flavor and texture.
Where: East Coast, New Zealand
How: Wild; Bottom Longline
Depending on the size of the fish, the flavor and texture can range from sweet and delicate in the smaller specimens to juicy and heavy-flaked on the larger fish.
From the pristine depths of New Zealand, this fish cooks up pearly white and is a highly sought after winner in its class.
For Your Menu
This fish holds together very well. Its thick flesh will soak up auxiliary flavors making it a flexible fish to work with.
For Your Waitstaff
If your customers are looking for something mild and sweet, suggest New Zealand Sea Bass – they’ll love it! We recommend pairing this delicious fish with a refreshing New Zealand white wine or rosé!
For Your Retail Display
This is a great option to recommend to customers looking for something new – it’s easy to cook, mild in flavor and works well in any recipe calling for Bass or Grouper.