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A rounder and fatter fish than most exotics, Groupers are an underrated fish, found in most tropical waters but usually imported from the Red Sea, the Seychelles, West coasts of Africa and Australia. Australians call them Coral Trout and Rock Cod, and line caught fish are very highly prized, but they are part of the same Serranidae family, and should be marketed in the UK as Groupers. Commercially ranging in size from 500g to 3kg, and available year round, Groupers are found with a range of different colourings, the most attractive being the Red Grouper - often called Strawberry Grouper. However attractive the skin, it is tough and best not eaten, unlike the firm textured, sweet, pinkish flesh which tastes great - similar to Snapper, and can be cooked in the same way.
Groupers are currently classified by the Marine Conservation Society as Red rated 5, which means fish to avoid. As part of our commitment to only sell responsibly sourced fish and seafood, we no longer supply this species.