Seasonality – Year round
Catching Methods – Long line, jig/lure
Raw Preparation – Yes
Cooked With The Skin On – Yes
Preferred Cooking Methods – Whole, pan fry, bake, poach, steamed, crumbed, battered, stew/curry, smoked
Substitute Species – Tarahiki, Snapper, Trumpeter
Porae is sometimes described as Snapper’s poor cousin. Caught on the sand near reef structure the Porae is actually related to the Tarakihi. It eats somewhere in the middle between Snapper and Tarakihi which can only be a good thing. Interestingly enough, Porae are a very fast growing fish, reaching up to 28 cm in length in just a single year, however these delicious eating fish can reach up to 30 years of age.