Kingfish are predominantly an open-water fish, but can be found in shallow bays, harbours and estuaries looking for food. They are commonly found around the North Island and the northern South Island of New Zealand.
Raw kingfish fillets have firm dark pink flesh, which lightens on cooking. Kingfish has a slightly stronger flavour than other fish, so is also fantastic for braising and in curries.
(figures are for a 100g serving)
Yellowtail kingfish is managed under a quota set by the QMS, which is New Zealand's national fisheries management system. The commercial quota for the 2021/2022 year has been set at 297 tonnes.