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King George Whiting

Standard Names: King George Whiting, Sand Whiting, Yellowfin Whiting, Trumpeter Whiting, various School Whiting (group) and others

Whiting are coastal marine fish, of which 13 species occur in Australian waters. The largest and most popular of the Whiting family is the King George Whiting (KGW).

They occur in schools in coastal and estuarine waters where they are caught by handline and various netting methods. The most commercially important fisheries occur in the Southern portion of Australia, especially SA, where KGW is the state's most valuable finfish. Except for KGW and occasionally Sand Whiting, species are often labelled only as 'Whiting' at market.

Australian Whiting are unrelated to imported whiting such as North Sea Whiting and NZ Southern Blue Whiting, which are more closely related to Atlantic Cod and Pollock.

Government Stock Assessment
Overfishing Biomass AMCS Listing Accreditations
School Whiting Commonwealth No Overfishing Not Overfished Better Choice -
King George
VIC Environmentally Limited Better Choice SASAP Certified
SA Not Overfished Better Choice -
WA Not Assessed -
Sand Whiting NSW Fully Fished Better Choice -
QLD Sustainably Fished Better Choice -
Stout Whiting NSW Moderately Fished Better Choice
QLD Sustainably Fished Better Choice -
Trumpeter Whiting NSW Undefined Better Choice -
Yellowfin Whiting WA Not Assessed Better Choice -
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Preparation & Cooking:

WHITING are well regarded for their delicate, sweet white flesh. They are an excellent plate-sized fish to Roast or BBQ whole.

They can also be 'butterflied' to present whole but without most bones for quick and easy cooking and serving.

Fillets require careful handling but are versatile. They can be steamed, poached, panfried, or grilled. Also a great fish for deep frying, especially with a coating such as a batter or crumb.

Whiting are delicate and fillets are thin, so avoid overcooking by cooking for only a very short amount of time.

Check out the GFBF recipe Sand Whiting with Spring Salad and Sauce Gribiche

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