Golden Leopard Grouper - Mycteroperca rosacea

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Monterey Fish Market Seafood Index photograph of Golden Leopard Grouper,  Mycteroperca rosacea

The Color:

Fewer than 1 percent of Leopard Groupers will transform into this golden color. Once a typical brown spotted leopard grouper is around ten inches in size, in this minute number of fish a genetic marker in the DNA will be triggered, turning the fish this golden color. Nothing but the color in this fish changes; this and its brown sibling are genetically and taxonomically identical. Pretty amazing, and coincidentally, this is the first one we've seen at Monterey Fish.


Baja California and the Sea of Cortez


Spring and Summer

Method of Capture:

Hook & Line

Sustainability Consideration:

Since groupers reproduce slowly, many are vulnerable to over-fishing. New restrictions are helping rebuild the stocks in the United States and Mexico.

Size Range:

5 to 15 pounds

Flavor and Texture:

Sweet and mildly rich with a toothsome, firm, dense moist texture.

Cooking Tips:

grill, sauté, bake