A great looking fish, with a mix of orange, red and pink coloured skin. Although not a large fish, ranging in size from 200g to 1kg, it has a big flavour, which comes from its diet of crustaceans. Larger fish can be filleted, but best to look for 400g to 600g fish – they simply need scaling carefully (the skin is delicate), gills removing, then grilling or baking whole.
The flesh is a wonderful pale pink, and very delicate, but takes strong flavours, and works especially well with fennel or tapenade. Goatfish is a similar species from the same family, and is flown in regularly from Australia.
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