What is it: From Reds to Scamps, Grouper is another popular catch along the deeper waters of Alabama’s coast. You won’t find a big difference in taste or texture among the Gulf Coast family, so expect a mild, sweet flavor from any Grouper you reel in.

When to Get it: As a standard of Southern seafood, Grouper is a top quality item that you’ll find on most menus throughout the year.

Where Does it Come From: Grouper make their home in deep waters amongst the rocks and reefs of the ocean floor. These fish grow in size as you move farther from the shore, so if you’re looking to catch a few big ones, make sure you venture out at least twenty or thirty miles from the coast.

How it’s Prepared: Grouper can be prepared several ways, but if you’re going to toss a few onto the grill, try seasoning them with onion and black pepper beforehand. If you’re thinking about breading and baking your filets, lemon juice and butter are always a good idea.

Species: Black Grouper, Gag Grouper, Red Grouper, Scamp Grouper, Snowy Grouper, Warsaw Grouper, Yellowedge Grouper.