Blacktip Rockcod

blacktrip rockcodBlacktip Rockcod



Popular for their low oiliness and juicy, thick flakes, rockcods are worth experimenting with for hearty menu items. They are especially good fried, barbecued or steamed as fillets or steaks. Grilled rockcod steaks are excellent served with pepperonata or tapenade. Try baked in a rich vegetable provenÁale, or salted, for a unique taste.

A traditional Greek preparation is to flake poached finfish such as rockcod, mix in an egg batter, deep fry the fritters, and serve with skordalia and braised beets.

Rockcods can also provide good flavouring for stocks and soups and are excellent in curries and casseroles. Heads of large individuals are sought after for the cheek flesh, which is used in soups and stocks.

Live rockcods are popular in some Asian restaurants. They are also superb raw, particularly in a Tahitian salad.

Flavour: Mild, Sweet flavour

The flavour varies with size (smaller rockcod tend to have more flavour) and capture area (ocean-caught rockcod can have a cleaner taste than estuary-caught rockcod).

Oiliness: Low

Moisture: Medium to Moist

Texture: Firm Flaky

Flesh Colour: White to dark, Saltwater rockcods have white flesh whereas the flesh of estuarine rockcods is darker.

Thickness:Thick fillets

Bones:Some pin bones, but these are large and easily removed.

Price: Rockcods are medium-priced finfish. Larger rockcods command higher prices.

Suggested Wines

With food styles such as rockcod baked provenÁale, with the basic flavours of onion and tomato and the wild herb aromas of southern France, the compatible wine style needs to be dry and reasonably forceful, with blends of chardonnay, semillon or other wine varieties.

Cooking Ideas

Bake   Deep Fry
Grill/ Poach Raw
Shallow Fry Smoke Steam/microwave

When Caught:  Year round

Wild/Farmed Wild

Habitat Saltwater and estuarine, Caught mostly near reefs

Recovery Rate Fillets: 47% from whole rockcod (gilled and gutted)


The sizes of rockcods vary con-siderably. Several species are very large, with one reaching about three metres in total length and 400 kg in weight. Marketed individuals are usually 30 120 cm in length and 0.5 – 25 kg in weight.

Despite its name, the blacktip rockcod (pictured above) sometimes has dark red tips on its dorsal fin rather than black.

Common Size 30-40cm

Overseas Names

GB: red-banded grouper; J: akahata; SGP: kerapu bara; T: pla karang-leomg-fa; ZA: rooibalk-klipkabeljou

Nutrition Facts

per 100g of raw product

Kilojoules na
Cholesterol 27mg
Sodium na
Total fat (oil) 0.6g
Saturated fat 35% of total fat
Monounsaturated fat 16% of total fat
Polyunsaturated fat 49% of total fat
Omega-3, EPA 13 mg
Omega-3, DHA 152 mg
Omega-6, AA 25mg