King Snapper


king snapper

Poached tropical snapper, served cold with a tomato and cucumber salsa, is best matched with bitter greens and a lemon vinaigrette.

These species are often confused with the snapper (Pagrus auratus) and, although they can be prepared in similar ways, are best suited to methods and flavours recommended for coral trout.

Roasting king snapper with a tasty baste of soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, coriander and chillies.

Tropical snappers of superior quality can be used for sushi and sashimi.

Flavour Mild to Medium

Oiliness Low

Moisture Moist

Texture Firm

Flesh Colour Creamy pink

Thickness Medium or thick fillets

Bones There are only a few bones and these are easily removed.

Price Tropical snapper are medium- to high-priced finfish.

Suggested Wines

Young, delicate riesling wines, or even some of the more delicate sparkling styles, such as a blanc de blancs (chardonnay bubbly) are suitable accompaniments for tropical snappers with their mild to medium flavour and moist, firm flesh.

For the suggestion of poached tropical snapper with the salsa, greens and vinaigrette accompaniments, a cool, crisp Coonawarra chardonnay is a refreshing companion.

Cooking Ideas

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

When Caught

Year round. Peak supply of king snapper occurs from September through February.

Important Features

Wild/Farmed Wild

Habitat Saltwater

Recovery Rate Fillets: 48% from whole king snapper


When purchasing product labelled snapper fillets care should be taken to determine whether the fillets are a tropical snapper (such as king snapper) a bream. Be sure to get what you pay for.

Imports Vietnam: king snapper frozen fillets

Common Size up to 60 cm

Overseas Names

Names GB: crimson jobfish; J: oohime; ZA: dagbreek-jobvis, rosy jobfish


seaperch, coral trout, emperor, pearl perch, red emperor, snapper, blue-eye trevalla

Nutrition Facts

per 100g of raw product

Kilojoules na
Cholesterol 19 mg
Sodium na
Total fat (oil) 0.4 g
Saturated fat 34% of total fat
Monounsaturated fat 13% of total fat
Polyunsaturated fat 53% of total fat
Omega-3, EPA 12 mg
Omega-3, DHA 97 mg
Omega-6, AA 14 mg