Apparently it is a sustainable resource which means - it will be fished to extinction (joking).
Not only do we (human baked beans) - like the Hoki - but so do both seals and huge bluefin tuna. These large tuna often hang out behind the Hoki trawlers on the West Coast - looking to eat squashed hoki scraps. This in in turn has created a Bluefin Tuna fishery - check out some of the action in this video below (they use whole hoki as a bait).
The flesh is delicate, white and moist. It does flake very easily though - so don't overcook it.
Mostly Hoki seems to get turned into Surimi (which is a disgusting fake crab stick - the Hoki is blended into toothpaste - mixed with thickeners- reconstituted - and the outside died red (to look like crab)). This wasteful should be illegal - just use Tofu or some shit like that.
I once caught a huge Hoki up the Waikane river during a storm. I sent it to the Wellington Museum as I had no idea what it was.
Recipe - Crumb Top Hoki
- 300 grams Hoki fillets
- 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
- Freshly ground pepper
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- Lemon wedges
Cut hoki fillets into serving-sized lengths. Place on grill rack. Brush hoki with melted butter.
Grill for 3-4 minutes (on each side).
Turn over, sprinkle with breadcrumb mixture.
Place under grill for 3-4 minutes or until fish is cooked and breadcrumbs are golden.
Serve hot garnished with lemon wedges and parsley.