Maori Name: Wārehou
Latin Name: Seriolella brama
Weight: 1–3kg, up to 7kg
Blue warehou are members of the Centrolophidae family (raftfishes, medusafishes).
Blue warehou are found closer to shore than other warehou species. They are common in cooler waters off the South Island, at depths of 20 to 200 metres, and in Cook Strait. Blue warehou are migratory, and there can be variations in appearance at different locations.
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Blue warehou are caught throughout the year, mainly by trawl but sometimes by coastal set nets.
With a medium-low oil content, blue warehou is best used in moist dishes such as chowders, stews, curries or marinated. It is one of the mainstays of fish and chips. Blue warehou flesh maintains its flavour well and retains its shape. Blue warehou is particularly delicious as a smoked fish. Also try it in a casserole or curry, fried, poached, steamed or marinated.
Blue warehou grow rapidly and live for about ten years. Their fillets are popular as deep-fried 'fish' in fish and chip shops.
|Blue Warehou is a good source of Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Manganese, Selenium; and a source of Niacin (Vitamin B3), Iodine, Phosphorus, Potassium|
Seafood is a highly nutritious food and is a great source of protein. Many species are low in saturated fat and a number of them are a good source of Omega 3.