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Jamaican Food Article. - Jamaican Grouper Fish

All Jamaican groupers are members of the sea bass family, Serranidae, and are found in tropical and warm temperate waters worldwide. Black and red Jamaican grouper are the most popular of these. Due to their preferred habitat around coral reefs, Jamaican groupers are accessible primarily by hook-and-line fishing. Like all seafood in Jamaica, the harvesting of Jamaican grouper is closely monitored and regulated to ensure healthy stocks as a naturally renewable and sustainable resource.

Red Jamaican 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, Jamaican groupers and other family members are accessible by hook-and-line fishing and less vulnerable to trawl fishery.

Two genera of Jamaican groupers are caught throughout Jamaica: Mycteroperca and Epinephelus. They vary in size and weight, but are commonly marketed at 5-20 pounds. The large, white-flaked flesh contains no intramuscular bones. The skin is tough and strongly flavored and should be removed during cleaning.

Jamaican grouper has also become the choice of people concerned with healthy eating because it is nutritious in addition to being delicious. Four ounces of uncooked Jamaican grouper has only 110 calories, 2 grams of fat (none of which is saturated) and only 55 grams of cholesterol. When you add the 23 grams of protein plus calcium and iron, Jamaican grouper begins to look like the perfect food. Because the Jamaican grouper meat is so low in fat, some basting may be necessary when grilling, broiling or baking. Jamaican grouper can be purchased fresh or frozen.

Seasoned seafood Jamaican chefs agree that Jamaican grouper is one of the best “real Jamaica” seafood culinary choices. It can be used in almost any Jamaican seafood recipe and its unique flavor comes out beautifully with a touch of mild seasoning and fresh Jamaican herbs.

Jamaican grouper fish is firm in texture, white meat with large flake and a mild flavor. Extra lean fish.

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