Probably the most popular, with firm white meat, and lends itself well to any form of cooking. Grouper will contain small pin bones in a line, just off the center and in the lower third of the fillet. They are easily felt and should be removed before cooking.
One of the most popular ways to cook this fish is to cut it into “fingers” and fry it. We love this fish, and we keep it in stock so you can enjoy its special taste, flavor, and texture.
In response to the some questions frequently asked about black grouper by our customers, we are providing these answers. To ensure that we sell high-quality grouper meat to you, we buy fresh fish from local fishermen, and we check it for quality.
We only stock fish that meets high standards for quality and freshness. You don’t have to come to the Keys or spend time looking for a grocery store with frozen grouper.
Simply order it from our online seafood store, and we’ll ensure that you receive it overnight. Include any other seafood, sauces, fish, or products you want (this helps to reduce the cost of shipping).
Fresh Black Grouper FilletsGroupers are members of the sea bass family, Serranidae, which has over 400 types. They are found in warm temperate tropical waters around the coral reefs and rock outcroppings of the coastal shelf.
Groupers are harvested year-round with peak Eastern seaboard and Gulf production in summer and fall. Characteristics: The extra lean white meat is firm and moist with large flake and a sweet, mild flavor. Additional shipping charges may be applied to your order and will be made against the payment method provided at the time of check out.
All groupers are members of the sea bass family, Serranidae, and are found in tropical and warm temperate waters worldwide. Due to their preferred habitat around coral reefs, groupers are accessible primarily by hook-and-line fishing.
Like all seafood in Florida, the harvesting of grouper is closely monitored and regulated to ensure healthy stocks as a naturally renewable and sustainable resource. Red groupers are members of the sea bass family, Serranidae, and are found in tropical and warm temperate waters worldwide.
The Serranidae has over 400 species which are found around coral reefs and rock outcroppings of the coastal shelf. Due to their preferred habitat, groupers and other family members are accessible by hook-and-line fishing and less vulnerable to trawl fishery.
Grouper has also become the choice of people concerned with healthy eating because it is nutritious in addition to being delicious. It can be used in almost any seafood recipe and its unique flavor comes out beautifully with a touch of mild seasoning and fresh herbs.
Fresh whole fish should have: -- A shiny surface with tightly adhering scales.-- Gills that are deep red or pink, free of slime, mucus and off-odor.-- Clean shiny belly cavity with no cuts or protruding bones.-- A mild aroma, similar to the ocean. Fresh steaks, fillets and loins should have: -- A translucent look.-- Flesh that is firm and not separating.-- A mild odor, similar to the ocean.-- No discoloration.-- Packaging that keeps them from being bent in an unnatural position.
Do not overcook.• Fish is done when the flesh becomes opaque and flakes easily when tested with a fork.• Poaching, steaming, baking, broiling, sautéing, microwaving are excellent low-fat cooking methods, if you do not add high fat ingredients.• Marinate in your favorite salad dressing prior to cooking.• Broil, bake, steam or microwave, then cube and add to pasta or salad greens for a delicious salad.• Broil or grill with lime-butter and seasoned salt. U.S. wild-caught gag grouper is a smart seafood choice because it is sustainably managed and responsibly harvested under U.S. regulations.
Near target levels and fishing rate promotes population growth in the South Atlantic. The Gulf of Mexico gag population declined for several years beginning in 2005, possibly due to a major “red tide” event (an algal bloom that releases potent neurotoxin).
Managers implemented a number of measures to rebuild the stock, and it was declared rebuilt in 2014. Smaller fish are much lighter and have dark brown or charcoal kiss-like marks along their sides.
They spawn from mid-January to early May in the South Atlantic and from late January to mid-April in the Gulf of Mexico. Commercial fishermen must have a limited access permit to fish, land, or sell snapper and grouper species.
A number of gear requirements and restrictions help reduce by catch and protect habitat. In the Gulf of Mexico, managed under the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan : Annual catch limit allocated between the commercial (39 percent) and recreational (61 percent) fisheries.
Restrictions on the type of gear fishermen may use and where they can fish, to reduce by catch and protect spawning groups. Area closures for both commercial and recreational fisheries to protect spawning groupers.
If you find a five hundred poundGrouper at the end of your line you are going to be pretty sure it is the Goliath Grouper. Knowing how to identify them will save you a lot of headache in the long run.
Here are a few things that will make the Goliath Grouper easy to identify: Over the last 30 years that these fish have been under protection their populations in the Florida area have rebounded quite well.
It is not illegal to catch them but you do have to abide by a few guidelines when releasing the fish as to protect them as much as possible: The fish must be returned to the water immediately free, alive, and unharmed Photographs can be taken but only during the active act of release.
The skeletal structure of large Goliath grouper cannot adequately support their weight out of the water without some type of damage. If a large Goliath is brought on-board a vessel or out of the water, it is likely to sustain some form of internal injury and therefore be considered harvested.
Removing smaller Goliath groupers from the water to remove hooks is not necessarily a bad practice, but this process must be done with care, using proper fish handling techniques, and the fish must be returned to the water as expeditiously as possible. Like any wild animal, Goliath Grouper are most dangerous when they feel threatened or when they are hungry.
Goliath Grouper have huge mouths and can swallow large fish whole. This exact scenario is actually the basis for a lot of shark encounters as well for divers and spear fisherman.
If you do catch a Goliath Grouper and jump in the water with them for a picture, remember, their sheer size and strength can injure you if they were to start slashing around. You will find them near reefs, shipwrecks, rock ledges, old phosphate docks, etc.
They live in shallow water up to around 150 feet deep and hold tight to the structure mentioned above. In the Atlantic Ocean They range from Florida, through the Gulf of Mexico, The Bahamas, through the Caribbean, and down most of the coastline of Brazil.
Well, they are believed to grow to over 8 feet in length and weigh up to 800 pounds making this the largest reef dwelling fish in the world! The current world record for Goliath Grouper is 680 pounds and was caught off the coast of Florida at Fernanda Beach in 1961.
There have been a lot of very large Goliath Grouper caught since 1961 when you were allowed to harvest and weigh the fish. Many anglers argue new world records have been brought to the edge of their boat.
Since anglers are not allowed to remove large Grouper from the ocean it is impossible to know their exact weight unfortunately. One of the reasons Goliath Grouper populations are so threatened is because of their slow growth and re-population rates.
Goliath Grouper males reach sexual maturity around the age of 4 – 6 years old. When it is time to spawn, during the months of July, August, and September, these fish form groups of around 100 fish and all congregate at specific sites like shipwrecks, reefs, and rock ledges to spawn.
The oldest verifiable age of a Goliath Grouper is 37 years. Goliath Grouper are caught by rod and reel and also by hand lining.
The big guys can definitely pull you off the boat and have been known to break lines and even rods! Goliath Grouper feed mostly on crustaceans like crab and lobster, fish, rays, and even sharks around the reef.
They are opportunistic feeders and will eat live or dead bait as long as it is fresh, they really aren't all that picky. Outside the US these fish are harder to find as they taste great and are not hard to spear.
They are not shy and unlike most fish, will not be in a hurry to swim away, making them an easy target. Bouncing your rig off the bottom a little to create some commotion will help them notice your bait.
Make sure you have some good leather gloves when hand lining these massive fish. Goliath Grouper put up a strong, but short-lived fight.
That first initial fight is enough to pull you right off the boat so be prepared. Rigging for Goliath Grouper isn't difficult just takes some heavy-duty line and crimps, about 16 ounces of weight and a 20/O Circle Hook.
For Goliath Grouper you will want 600 pound test monofilament fishing line. You can do it relatively close to shore with a live Sting Ray and a hand line if you don't have heavy-duty gear.