Binomial: Plectropomus leopardus
English: Coral Trout, Leopard Coral Grouper
Japanese: Suji-Ara


sashimi, soup, poêlé, grill, deep-fry

This is one of the most appreciated fish on the island of Okinawa. Well, it’s extremely delicious. With any types of cooking, you can’t go wrong. Better age it for 3 to 5 days in the fridge. Before aging the meat can be too elastic. Aging softens the meat and brings out the flavor. Enjoy the sweetness and the silkiness in sashimi.
Not to mention, it’s excellent with soup. Even after you cut out sashimi, you should use the head and bones to make soup. Throwing away these bones without soup should be banned, I think.

They are mostly pink with blue spots on their bodies, but they come in all kinds of colors including red, green, brown, yellow and orange, or sometimes mixture. Strange enough, they change sexes over the course of their lives. They start their lives as females and as they grow larger they turn into males.