Māori Name: Raawaru
Name Scientific: Parapercis colias
Blue cod are caught mainly in winter (from April to September) around southern New Zealand and the Chatham Islands. They are also found in the Marlborough Sounds & Cook Strait. Juveniles are often found in shallow water. Adults are found at depths of up to 150 metres. Body colour varies depending on age and sex. Large males are more distinctly blue with greenish sides and a golden brown stripe above each eye and belong to the Pinguipedidae family.
Blue cod has delicate and flaky textured white flesh. It is mild in flavour and with a low oil content, it is suitable for most cooking methods. Bake; marinate; poach; smoke; use in soup/chowder; or fry.