New Zealand, Wild-caught
Alfonsino belong to the Berycidae family, and have a brilliant scarlet red body, with silver-tinged sides. They are renowned for their large eyes with a very opaque lens, giving them an ‘into-oblivion’ appearance. They are an incredibly aesthetic fish and a real treat to have grace one’s table.
Alfonsino are a deep-sea species, found in waters 600-1500 feet (183-457 meters) . They live near the ocean floor but often rise up to mid-water at night to feed.
Lee Fish’s Alfonsino come as a much valued by catch of the bluenose/groper fishery, and are caught by long-line, resulting in a very high-quality, sustainable product.
Total Allowable Commercial Catch is 2,995,700 tons per year.
As their Latin name suggests, they truly are a splendid creature and their appearance is matched only by their taste. One of the most in-demand fish we carry, they are prized in high-end Asian and fine dining establishments.
Alfonsino have a very sweet, rich flavor, with the flesh being super high in minerals, nutrients and Omega-3 oils. The fillets are short and deep, tapering sharply and have a light pink color, with a firm texture and medium flake.