Header image: Steamed Fish with Chickpeas and Currants from CHOW
The grouper fish is a part of the sea bass family and has a mild taste, similar to halibut and bass. A lean fish, it is easy to cook and a popular choice for sandwiches in the South. According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, “Hawaiian grouper's population status is still uncertain, but it's fished with ocean-friendly methods so it's considered a ‘Good Alternative.’ While most grouper species from the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic are on the ‘Avoid’ list, red and black groupers are considered good alternatives. Check out these 9 simple recipes for grouper and be sure that you’re keeping an eye out for the red and black species.
1. Smokey Grouper with Spinach
Smoked paprika and Italian seasoning make this a simple and delicious take on sautéed fish. Add some white wine to the pan along with the olive oil and butter for a flavorful sauce. Get the recipe here.
2. Grilled Grouper with Tomato, Cucumber, Basil Salad and Broccolini
Red grouper with fresh herbs (oregano, rosemary, and thyme) pairs beautifully with the tomato, cucumber, and basil salad included with this recipe. Marinate the fish for as long as you can to add to the flavor. Get the recipe here.
3. Steamed Fish with Chickpeas and Currants
This Mediterranean recipe for steamed fish is simple; with a crusty baguette it makes for an easy and impressive meal. Sumac, cinnamon, white wine, currants, olives, cilantro, preserved lemons, and clam juice contribute to a tangy mix. Get our Steamed Fish with Chickpeas and Currants recipe.
4. Grouper with Peas and Saffron
Sauteed grouper filets with a garlic and pea-based sauce manages to do double duty and counts as a vegetable. Cubed breadcrumbs are mixed with the peas to add texture – pile the peas high on the plate and top with the filet. Get the recipe here.
5. Red Grouper with Tomato Braised Fennel
This acidic mix of tomato, orange juice, white wine, garlic, shallots, and orange zest make for a tangy and assertive sauce. Make sure to simmer the fennel until it gets soft before serving. Get the recipe here.
6. Pan Seared Grouper with Pink Peppercorn, Pickled Ginger, and Watermelon Relish
Candied ginger, cilantro, lemongrass, and jalapeno kick this recipe up a notch. Garnish this dish with fresh mint and you have a flavor-packed combo that will impress even the pickiest of guests. Get the recipe here.
7. Broiled Blackened Grouper
A good jerk seasoning, lemon, and butter are all that you need for this delicious grouper recipe that is crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. Serve with grilled vegetables or a salad for a balanced meal. Get the recipe here.
8. Mallorcan Braised Grouper
Dried currants, white wine, garlic, red pepper flakes, paprika, parsley, and a number of vegetables are thrown together in this delicious layered dish. Finish with toasted pine nuts. Get the recipe here.
9. Gateway Fish
Described as the easiest possible way to cook fish, this recipe for grouper has kalamata olives, tomatoes, parsley, garlic, and white wine – there’s no way that it won’t taste amazing. Get the recipe here.
Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC's best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.