If you don’t have a reliable source for fresh grouper, consider buying the frozen product. 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.
Place the fillets on the seasoning mix and gently turn until they are well coated. Add olive oil to the skillet then cook the grouper on a high heat, covered.
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.
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.
If you enjoy fish that isn’t too full of flavor then you might also like to check out our sea bass guide. When fishermen talk about their favorite tasting fish that can be caught off the coast of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, most agree that sushi-grade tuna, Yahoo, and mahi-mahi are the top choices.
We agree that all three of those fish taste great, but we’d argue that another should be added to the list: Grouper. Grouper tastes very mild, with a faint sweet underlying flavor.
Some of our friends describe grouper as tasting between sea bass and halibut, with a sweetness similar to crab or lobster. Grouper is fairly oily and breaks into large firm flakes.
This makes it ideal for many cooking applications, such as grilling, frying, poaching, and more! They are brown and love living close to coastal rock piles and underwater wreckage.
Because of their unwary nature and large size, they were almost fished to extinction before being placed on the protected endangered species list. Black grouper also tends to have firmer meat that holds up better to frying or more intense preparations.
Both fish have the signature grouper mild sweet flavor, and both have a moderate amount of oil that keeps their texture favorable even if slightly overcooked. Grouper live mostly off the eastern seaboard and can be caught from both the shore and by boat.
If you’re bottom fishing from a boat, we recommend drifting instead of anchoring near where the grouper are. Drifting will allow you to cover more area and bet your grouper lures in front of more fish.
Since grouper live in and around rocks, set your drag tight to prevent them from running back into cover. If you let a grouper take your bait then retreat to its rocky home, chances are your line will snap against the rocks.
In a large pan, throw in a knob of butter and sear the filet son each side for 2 minutes. Fried grouper tastes very similar to cod or other whitefish, and is amazing when prepared fresh.
Dredge your grouper sticks first through the flour, then through the eggs, and finally the pinko. Chances are you’ll catch one and end up with a tasty dish you can cook for dinner that night.
All grouper species are considered by chefs to have an ideal flavor for a number of dishes and preparation styles. The dominant characteristic that makes grouper ’s food quality so high is its oil and moisture content.
Compared to most other mild-tasting types of fish, grouper has a much higher oil and moisture content. Grouper meat has a unique texture when compared to most other commonly eaten fish.
High oil and moisture content keeps the large flakes firm, yet still tender. Buttery, smooth, firm, and tender would be the best way to sum up grouper ’s texture in a few words.
In our opinion, the variation between group species is small, but still notable enough to warrant some attention. Red grouper is the most common species found within the American seafood market.
Generally, those who prefer red grouper do so for its slightly milder and sweeter taste. You’ll commonly see gag lumped in with black in the seafood market due to its very similar flavor and texture.
Black grouper have an especially high meat yield in relation to their weight. Grouper ribs are large, making this process fairly simple.
You’ll find a fleshy area that runs from right in front of the gill to right next to the grouper ’s eye, following along the line of the mouth. Once you make it to the area next the grouper ’s eye, simply flip the cheek out and peel it off of the remaining attached skin.
Overcooking is definitely possible, but it’s much less common than it is when dealing with flakier, drier fish like snapper or sole. Grouper sandwiches are one of the most well-liked seafood staples in coastal areas and are always a good choice.
The immense popularity of grouper makes it extremely easy to find endless recipes in cookbooks and all across the web. If you’re an adventurous chef, the forgiving nature of grouper meat makes it an ideal choice for trying out new recipes and seafood creations.
If you’ve made it this far, you know just about everything you need to confidently order grouper at a restaurant or prepare it yourself at home. It really is one of the tastiest fish on the menu and I’ve known of plenty of seafood skeptics who still enjoy a good grouper filet.
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Updated onset 24, 2019 | 4 minute read | Written by Albert Reading Time: 4minutes Snappers and Groupers are the nation’s favorite food fish.
Every summer, thousands of anglers hit the coast to fill their coolers with tasty fillets. You can find them on fish counters and restaurant menus all around the country.
This article breaks down Snapper vs. Grouper by looks, size, taste, and more to try and answer that question. Grouper and Snapper are both big families, with a variety of weird and wonderful fish in them.
Groupers have big, wide mouths, built for inhaling fish whole. Groupers are generally rounder and more thickly built than Snappers.
A fully-grown Red Snapper is much beefier than a young Gag Grouper. Cuber Snapper have big, wide mouths, just like Groupers.
These titans can top 1,000 pounds, and even “small” adults are in the triple digits. The biggest species of Snapper in North America is Cuber.
After Cuber, the next biggest species is world-famous Red Snapper, which maxes out at around 40–50 pounds. Goliath Grouper aside, there are several species which blow the biggest Snappers right out of the water.
The world record for Warsaw Grouper is a staggering 436 pounds 12 ounces. Speckled Hind, Gag, and Snowy Grouper all outgrow Red Snapper.
Let’s start with the elephant in the room: Red Snapper, aka America’s favorite fish. Every summer, anglers flock to the Gulf of Mexico in their thousands to bag one.
They’re so popular that the Gulf Red Snapper season is one of the most tightly-regulated on the planet. Red Snapper have a delicate, juicy meat that very few fish can compete with.
Scamp produces large fillets of sweet, white flesh that many people swear is even tastier than Red Snapper. Whether you’re reeling in Yellowtail Snapper on a shallow reef or hauling up Yellow mouth Grouper offshore, you’re in for a lot of fun and a tasty treat to show for it.
Reading Time: 7minutesGroupers are some of Florida’s most iconic fish species. From monster Goliath's to delicious Scamps, these big bottom-dwellers are a favorite on most Floridian fishing trips.
In this article, you can learn all about the different types of Grouper in Florida. The average catch in Florida is around half that length, weighing between 5 and 20 pounds.
Black Grouper live around rocky bottoms and reefs on both sides of the Sunshine State. They spend their summers spawning in much shallower seas, though, as little as 30 feet deep.
Commonly known as “Grey Grouper,” these guys are a staple of reef fishing trips around the Gulf and up the Atlantic. They don’t grow as big as Black Grouper, usually maxing out somewhere around 50 pounds.
However, younger Gags can be found in estuaries and even seagrass beds, so don’t be surprised if you hook one while you’re on the hunt for Redfish and other inshore species. Bigger fish hunt around muddy and rocky coastal waters.
Young Goliath's will head right into estuaries and look for food around oyster bars. Their huge size and fearless curiosity made them an easy target, and they were overfished almost to extinction in the late 20th century.
Luckily, Goliath Grouper are strictly protected these days, and you can only fish for them on a catch-and-release basis. From teaming up with other predators to catch their dinner to reportedly fanning bait out of traps for an easy snack, they’re far brighter than most people give them credit for.
Sadly, this intelligence comes with the same natural curiosity that put Goliath Grouper in hot water. If you come across one, count yourself lucky for the chance to meet it and make sure it swims off unharmed.
Nothing says “reef fishing in Florida” like a boastful of big, tasty Red Grouper. These deep-water hunters are the reason people bother to go offshore when there are so many fish in the shallows.
The average Red Grouper weighs somewhere in the 5–10 lb range, and anything over 2 feet long is a rare catch. They live around rocky bottom up to 1,000 feet down, so you may have to travel 20 miles or more to get to them.
According to most people who have caught them, Scamp are the tastiest fish in the family. You won’t come across them in much less than 100 feet of water, and you can easily find them in three or four times that depth.
They also grow much bigger than Scamp, meaning you’re in for a real feast if you catch one. If you’re set on landing a “Snowier,” get ready for a long ride.
NOAA has declared Speckled Hind a Species of Concern, mainly because they have so little data on them. If Goliath Grouper are the kings of the shallows, these guys dominate the deep.
Add in the fact that they live several hundred feet down, where all fish taste great, and they become the dream catch of many deep dropping enthusiasts. Their dappled, red body and bright yellow fins provide camouflage around the deep, rocky structure that they hunt around.
Yellow fin’s scientific name, Mycteroperca Vanessa, roughly translates to “Poisonous Grouper.” This is because they tend to have very high levels of ciguatoxin. They’re slightly smaller than Scamp on average, but many anglers say that they taste just as good.
Yellow mouth Grouper are uncommon in the Gulf of Mexico, but you can bag yourself a colorful feast all along Florida’s Atlantic Coast. Not only is seafood healthy for you, but they are delicious as well if you know what you’re choosing; and that’s the problem, there are so many choices, it’s hard to tell which is the best tasting fish to eat.
For those of you who are fortunate enough to be close by to a fish market where fresh access is readily available, great! For the many of us who aren’t so lucky, we thank the internet for easier access to fresh seafood these days.
However, we do pay higher prices for them, so it’s vital we choose a fish that is tasty to eat. Everyone will have their preferences, so use this list of some of the best tasting fishes and decide which one will be worth trying.
We’ll start off with saltwater fishes because they’re a little more popular. Swordfish is like the “steak of the sea.” It’s very meaty, and the texture is very dense.
The meat remains moist even after cooking, and there is a subtle, mild sweetness with every bite. Halibut is a favorite because it tastes so darn good, and also because it’s so very versatile.
Grilling Poaching Broiling Baking Frying in batter/crumbs Pan-frying Searing Smoking Whichever cooking method is your favorite; you just can’t go wrong.
No problem, you’ve got, the “chicken of the sea.” Cod is white, delicate, and flaky. The taste is mild, so there is isn’t anything that makes it overpowering.
Buying quality cod, you’ll taste a hint of butter. Really, it’s hard to mess up cod, so go ahead and bake, fry, poach, broil, sear, or grill it; it will still be tasty.
If you’re turned off the fishy taste that comes with fishes, this is the choice for you. Chilean sea bass has the least fishy smell and taste to it.
Improper handling and ignorance offer much parasite risks that you’ll want to avoid. It has a rich, fatty taste and the texture is subtle (almost like salmon).
’s pinkish meat offers a taste that is similar to tuna and swordfish. The flavor is mild; there isn’t any overpowering fishy taste.
If I had to choose one fish from this list, I’d go with blue fin tuna. White perch is a favorite for its flaky textured meat.
When fresh, they are delicious baked, poached, steamed with herbs, and pan-fried. I’m not a fan of lake trout, so it’s not on my list, but you can give it a try and see if it’s to your liking.
This list doesn’t even begin to cover the number of fishes you can eat, but it’s an excellent place to start if you’re looking for the best tasting fish to eat. One of my coworkers asked me what I think the best tasting fish in the world is recently and I had to think about it for a minute, then realized I’m pretty torn on my top 5 but can at least narrow down my favorites to only a handful.
After that I started bouncing around the web a little and noticed that there’s not a single good rankings of the best tasting fish in the world, so I figured I’d toss together a quick list of the best tasting fish around. I grew up with a boat in Florida and spent several days a week on the water.
So no, I’m not qualified to write the definitive rankings for ‘the best tasting fish in the world’ but my list is better than yours, so suck it. We used to catch these in the Smokey Mountains in North Carolina when I was a kid and would cook them camping.
The flat body lends it perfectly too cooking, just prepare it with a little lemon butter and/or fry it up and you’re in business. Caught from the Chesapeake Bay on down to the Florida Keys and all throughout the Caribbean, it’s one of my all-time favorites.
People salivate over swordfish like it’s a gift from the gods, but sometimes it’s really not all that tasty. I think what people tend to forget is the fish you’re ordering in a restaurant has been vetted, it’s not some bottom feeding specimen you pulled in on your buddy’s Boston Whaler, this is a restaurant-caliber fish and holy shit is Cod delicious.
19) Speckled Sea Trout: For a while these fish were hard to come by in parts of Florida. Due to a combination of random cold fronts and a few brutal hurricanes the speckled sea trout fishery was decimated.
You can pretty much catch them on any grass flat across Florida or throughout the Gulf of Mexico, and they’ll strike anything that’s shiny and moves. 18) Chilean Sea Bass: Fun fact, the Chilean Sea Bass has forever been known as the ‘Patagonian Tooth fish’, but apparently that name wasn’t very marketable and the fish didn’t sell much worldwide.
As I’ve stated before the best fish is whatever’s freshest, and if you can get fresh salmon (Pacific Northwest on up) it’s tasty as hell. If you’re deeply into salmon it’s simply because you haven’t tasted enough other fish yet to know what you actually like.
Actual yellowtail caught from the cool waters of California is fucking delicious, and it’s also a fish that fights like hell so if you catch it yourself it tastes even better because you feel like you’ve truly earned that fish. 15) Catfish: Blackened or fried, this is one of the best tasting fish worldwide BUT ONLY when it’s prepared by someone who knows how to season and cook it properly.
14) Blue Marlin: I didn’t want to include this on my list only because I don’t actively support the killing of billfish. I have however eaten fresh blue marlin after one (of 3) we caught out of Los Stenos Marina in Costa Rica died after a 90-minute fight.
The mates filleted it there and it was probably top 3 pieces of fish I’ve ever eaten in my life. It would be lower on the list if there were more blue marlin in the ocean, but they really shouldn’t be taken (and subsequently eaten) unless the fish died in battle.
I discovered Halibut way too late in life and I’ve been making up for lost time in the past few years. The last Dover Sole I had been at Carbone here in NYC (in Greenwich Village), and it was so expertly prepared that I found myself eating every last morsel of the fish skin, which is something I never do.
Eat it raw, sear it, thinly slice it and cover it with a little soy sauce and this is one of the most exquisite tasting fishes in the world. You might know this fish as ‘Ono’ depending on where you live in the world, that’s what the Hawaiians refer to it as.
If I were on death row and could request my final meal it’d be fried whole Dogfish Snapper (probably prepared by S.A.L.T. The Dogfish is amongst the most iconic fish in the state of Florida, and one of the most sought after in the world.
It’s a fish that’s been exploited by commercial fisherman and at one point it was on the verge of a complete species collapse. Well, it’s rebounding (slowly), and I’ve become more open to eating the most exquisite fish in the ocean.
Not too long ago I had a piece of Blue fin Tuna sushi at Sushi Nakamura in NYC’s West Village (the same Nakamura from Miro Dreams of Sushi on Netflix), and I swear to God I didn’t want to chew because the tuna in my mouth was so good I was worried I’d never taste anything that delicious again for the rest of my life. Honorable Mentions: Cobra, Pompano, Blackish, Mullet, and Bluefish.
I had a reader ask for a list of mild tasting fish and their texture. The Florida coast is teeming with all kinds of wonderfully tasty fish you can enjoy in endless ways both at home and in restaurants.
Whether you want to take a boat out into the open waters and cast a line into the deep blue yourself or you prefer to pull up a chair and order your catch of the day from a local seafood restaurant, here are the four best Gulf Coast fish to eat fresh in Florida. This type of fish has a very mild flavor (somewhere in between sea bass and halibut) with a light, sweet taste and large, chunky flakes, almost like lobster or crab.
In restaurants, you’ll find whole snappers stuffed with an amazing blend of sliced local citrus fruits, garlic and cilantro then grilled or baked whole in the oven. If you prefer your fish to be filleted, Snapper is amazing when marinated in the same citrus-garlic-cilantro mix mentioned above and quickly sautéed in a hot pan with a drizzle of olive oil before being served with light, fluffy rice and fresh seasonal veggies.
Shook is really popular among local fishermen because it offers a fun challenge to catch and it tastes fantastic. The most common way to cooks nook is to carefully fillet the fish then cover it in a light marinade or dry rub.
You’ll find it blackened and served in sandwiches, marinated in Mexican spices and tucked into tacos, grilled and drizzled in a creamy citrus sauce, doused in lime juice and served raw as ceviche…almost any way you could ever want to eat fish, you’ll find Mahi offered just like it! In Santa Rosa Beach, Buddy’s Seafood Market always has a fresh supply of Mali, grouper and other in-season fish.
During the week she knuckles down and gets the job done, but on the weekend she spends her time soaking up the sunshine on the little volcanic island she calls home.