Pre-Shift Glossary

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Wrasse, Hogfish

Latin Name: Lachnolaimus maximus

Tableside Information:

Common Names: Hog Nose "Snapper", Hog "Snapper"

Brilliant substitute for a true Snapper. Holds more moisture, in cooking, than American Reds.
Paper White, Succulent, Sweet, Light

Food Information:

THE FISHERY - Ask any fish monger about procuring Gulf species and he’ll mention St. Petersburg, Florida (“St. Pete” for short). Vast varieties of finfish ranging from Tuna and Swordfish to Groupers and Snappers are distributed through this historically-rich region of the Florida coastline. Expect to also see a robust selection of Keys-caught species like Yellowtail Snapper, Caribbean Red Snapper and Hogfish to come through St. Pete. It’s regionally situated in a perfect location for national distribution and with our Q&A in place, it’s always top quality.

THE FISH - A Hogfish is a Wrasse! Wrasse boasts one of the most delicate and moist flesh in the Florida waters. A species that has adapted a long snout to dig for mollusks in the sand and retrieve shrimps and crabs from within reefs and stone formations on the ocean floor. With a diet of Shellfish, Mussels and Clams, the natural sweetness of its prey lends that characteristic to the flavor of the Hogfish. As most have heard, shrimp contain cholesterol (the good type), the Hogfish has the ability to convert the cholesterol into pure fat that it stores as intramuscular fat. This contributes to moisture and oil in the flesh which translates to a silky and delicate mouth feel. Definitely different for whole fish presentation.
Ceviche, Steam, Saute, Pan Roast.

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Year Round

Range & Habitat:

South Atlantic & Caribbean


Florida & Caribbean


SFS Partnership

Harvest Method:

Hook & Line