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Caribbean Grouper Fish

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Ava Flores
• Sunday, 15 November, 2020
• 7 min read

A very fun, authentic Caribbean fish entrée served with sliced ripe bananas, and covered in a sauce of pickapeppa, rum, and lime juice. Spicy, sweet, and robust flavors of the Caribbean that will take your mouth on a tropical vacation.

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Contents

1-2 lbs grouper filet 1 large, ripe banana, peeled & sliced on the bias 1 bottle pickapeppa sauce 3oz Myers Dark Rum 1 lime, juiced 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters Salt and Pepper BC milk Season with salt & pepper and bake at 400 degrees, 20 minutes (or approx 7-8 minutes.

A Nassau grouper, E. stratus, ambushes its prey on the Caribbean coral reefs. The Nassau grouper is a medium to large fish, growing to over a meter in length and up to 25 kg in weight. Superimposed on this base color are a number of lighter stripes, darker spots, bars, and patterns, including black spots below and behind the eye, and a forked stripe on the top of the head.

By the light of the full moon, huge numbers of the grouper cluster together to mate in mass spawning. However, its numbers have been sharply reduced by overfishing in recent years, and it is a slow breeder.

Furthermore, its historic spawning areas are easily targeted for fishing, which tends to remove the reproductively active members of the group. The species is therefore highly vulnerable to overexploitation, and is recognized as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List.

The governments of the United States, the Cayman Islands, and the Bahamas have banned or instituted closed fishing seasons for the Nassau grouper in recent years. In the Cayman Islands, fishing in the spawning holes of the grouper has been banned until the end of 2016.

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A large spawning site for the species is located at Glover's Reef, off the Belizean coast. It has been identified as one of only two viable sites remaining for the species, of 9 originally known locations.

However, the Nassau grouper's spawning region is not included in this marine protected area (MPA). Many conservation methods have been put in place to help the grouper, including closed seasons, when fishing is not allowed.

Some areas are protected, a complete ban on fishing the grouper in US waters has been instituted. However, analysis of declines in both populations and the size spawning aggregations has led to the species being uplifted to critically endangered by the IUCN Red List in 2018.

The Nassau grouper has been depicted on postage stamps of Cuba (1965, 1975), the Bahamas (1971 5-cent), and Antigua and Barbuda (1987 40-c). The Nassau grouper was placed on the World Conservation Union's realist of threatened species in 1996, and it was determined to be endangered because its population has declined by 60% in the past 30 years.

Over a third of spawning aggregations have been estimated to have disappeared, and the grouper is considered to be commercially extinct in some areas. ^ Shcherbina, Andrey; Glen G. Gawarkiewicz; Christopher A. Liner; Simon R. Horror (Sep 2008).

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“Mapping bathymetric and hydrographic features of Glover's Reef, Belize, with a REMUS autonomous underwater vehicle” (PDF). ^ “Nassau Grouper, Epimetheus stratus (Bloch 1792) Biological Report” 2014.

The protection will require agencies that fund or permit projects in the grouper ’s habitat to consult with the Service to ensure the area is not damaged. In 2016 the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration listed the grouper as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in response to a scientific petition from Wilder Guardians.

Poor water quality and increased sedimentation due to land-development practices threaten both coral and macro algae that are important resources during the grouper ’s various life stages. The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

Guardian has offices in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington, and over 278,000 members and supporters worldwide. Our mission is to protect South Florida’s watershed through citizen engagement and community action, ensuring dimmable, drinkable, fishable, water for all.

The protection will require agencies that fund or permit projects in the grouper ’s habitat to consult with the Service to ensure the area is not damaged. In 2016 the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration listed the grouper as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in response to a scientific petition from Wilder Guardians.

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Poor water quality and increased sedimentation due to land-development practices threaten both coral and macro algae that are important resources during the grouper ’s various life stages. The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

Guardian has offices in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington, and over 278,000 members and supporters worldwide. Our mission is to protect South Florida’s watershed through citizen engagement and community action, ensuring dimmable, drinkable, fishable, water for all.

Grouper is a salt-water fish, found on the menu in restaurants and within stores throughout the United States. For a mild-tasting fish, it has very high levels of oil, which offers a pleasant buttery mouthfeel.

CharacteristicDescriptionTasteMild tasting with a faintly sweet undertoneTextureFirm, large flakesFishinessLow levelsOilinessHigh levelsColorWhite, once cooked The smaller size impacts the taste of the red grouper as it has a milder, sweeter flavor.

The black grouper has a firmer texture and yields more edible fish content than the red variety. If you don’t have a reliable source for fresh grouper, consider buying the frozen product.

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If you can do a touch test, give it a poke to make a dent in the flesh. Its high levels of oil help it maintain a lovely moist texture even if it’s a little over-cooked.

It’s also tasty eaten on its own, on skewers, with a zesty lemon marinade, a creamy tartare sauce, or a combination of butter, garlic, and lime juice. The debate for whether grouper is best eaten with batter, crumbed, floured, or with nothing added will always rage on.

Blackening is a quick and straightforward method that produces moist fish encased in a flavor-packed coating. Although blackening is suited to outdoor grilling, you can also cook the fish in the oven or fry it in a pan.

Preheat a large skillet on the grill or stove top on high heat for at least 10 minutes. Rinse the fish fillets in cold water, then pat dry with paper towels.

Once all the ingredients are evenly distributed, transfer the mixture to a platter or large plate. Add olive oil to the skillet then cook the grouper on a high heat, covered.

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Garlic tarragon basil thyme oregano paprika cayenne parsley As groupers are a reef-dwelling fish, they have the potential to be contaminated by toxins, which can lead to Ciguatera poisoning.

Your best option to avoid getting sick is to check with the seller if the fish comes from a hotspot for Ciguatera. Some problem areas include the Caribbean Sea, Hawaii, and coastal Central America.

A gulf grouper is a unique tasting, moist fish that is endemic to Mexico. It has a subtle, sweet flavor with less fishy taste than black grouper or gag.

It is prized for its moist meat that easily flakes into big chunks once cooked. Grouper is considered to be a white fish, along with haddock, catfish, tilapia, and snapper.

It’s relatively high oil content makes it a simple fish to avoid overcooking. It is a blank canvas that allows the creative cook to pair exciting ingredients with the fish.

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If you enjoy fish that isn’t too full of flavor then you might also like to check out our sea bass guide. That’s because it doesn’t “mash out” easily but instead holds its form when cooked.

2 ½ lb fresh Grouper ¼ cup Unsalted Butter 1 small Onion, sliced 1 Bell Pepper, sliced 1 Sprig thyme 1 ½ Tbsp Curry powder 1 ½ cup Water 1 tsp salt ½ tsp Black Pepper 3 cups fresh okra trimmed 1 large Tomato, cut in chunks ½ cup coconut milk 1 tbsp Lemon Juice 1 tbsp Tomato Ketchup Clean and season grouper with salt and pepper and set aside 2.

While simmering, stir in coconut milk, lemon juice and ketchup 7. Add grouper to the pan and soup the sauce and vegetables on top.

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