Pearl Perch

Pearl Perch ‘pearlies’ are closely related to the iconic WA Dhufish but only grow to a maximum of 7kg with most caught in the 2-3kg range.

 

Found in deep offshore waters over rock ledges, pinnacles, wrecks and gutters. They are a pretty, silvery coloured fish with large eyes.

 

The name Pearl Perch is derived from the prominent bone that protrudes from the gill cover immediately above the pectoral fin. It is covered with a thin layer of skin which is easily rubbed off to reveal the bone’s pearly luster.

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Additional Information

Cooking Suggestions

Pearl perch has a creamy, sweet flavour that is universally regarded as one of the best tasting fish in the sea. A delicious fish that is best cooked simply like steamed or grilled and served with a flavoured mayonnaise.

Health and Nutrition

Studies show that regular fish consumption is linked to a 24% lower risk of asthma in children, but no significant effect has been found in adults

Handy Hint

Also known as the Northern Dhufish or Deepsea Dhufish

Fast Fact

Ear bones in fish ‘otoliths’ contain a record of their age

Recipe Card

Grilled Fish with Cucumber, Radish and Beetroot Salad

Accompaniment

Best wine choice: Semillon – Sauvignon Blends

Alternative

Rankin Cod, Pink Snapper, Blue Bone Groper