Name Scientific: Nemadactylus macropterus
Found south of East Cape and around the Cook Strait, Tarakihi are caught all year round. There is a distinctive black band between the head and the dorsal fin and belong to the Cheilodactylidae family.
Tarakihi has medium to firm white moist flesh, suitable for most cooking methods. It can be used in a delicate or strongly flavoured dish. Bake; bbq; curry; fry; poach; marinate; soup