Blue Grenadier

Macruronus novaezelandiae

Blue Grenadier
Species

Species

Description

Available wild-caught, it is a bottom-dwelling marine fish found in deep water mainly on the upper continental slope at 200-700m and caught mainly in the South East Trawl Fishery off the southern coast of NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and SA, with the largest catches off western Bass Strait and Tasmania. Immature fish can be found inshore and occasionally in large estuaries.

Blue Grenadier and its Macruronidae relations are found only in the Southern Hemisphere.

Other Names

Blue Hake, Hoki (NZ), New Zealand Whiptail, Whiptail.

Family

Macruronidae (Southern Hakes).

Season

Available year round with peaks in NSW in summer, and Tasmania and Victoria in winter.

Size and Weight

Whole fish are commonly 60-100cm and 1-3.5kg, but can grow to 1.2m and 6kg. Average fillet size is 250g and 36cm.

Price

Medium priced.

Relations

Silver Grenadier, Southern Hake.

To Buy

Blue Grenadier is a long, silver fish with barely detectable scales, similar in appearance to gemfish. It is however, almost always sold in fillets, look for creamy pink to off-white, firm, lustrous, moist flesh without any brown markings or oozing water and with a pleasant fresh sea smell.

To Store

Make sure whole fish is scaled, gutted and cleaned thoroughly. Wrap whole fish and fillets in plastic wrap or place in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 2 days (it has a very short fresh shelf life) or freeze for up to 3 months below -18ºC.

To Cook

Average yield is 60%. Has a mild, sweet flavour (sometimes slightly ‘fishy’), low oiliness and moist, soft-medium flesh with medium flakes and very few bones. Raw flesh is quite soft and requires careful handling.

Cooking Methods

Deep-fry, pan-fry, bake, grill, barbecue, smoke. It is commonly used for fish and chips, minced for fish burgers and in seafood extender (surimi).

Goes Well With

Citrus, fresh herbs, nuts, spices, soy sauce.

Alternatives

Flatheads, Gemfish, Lings, Sharks.

Imports

Chilled, frozen and smoked product is imported from New Zealand, usually labelled ‘Hoki’, ‘Cod’ or ‘Hake’.

Recipes

Blue Grenadier Fillets with Potatoes, Coriander & Mint Sauce

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