For the 20 odd years (and some of them have been VERY odd!) I've been fishing for "winter" kings I've heard both sides of the "white king vs. regular king" debate when it comes to which tastes better. I've had people tell me they won't even eat a white king because it tastes so bad, and I've had people tell me that white kings are FAR superior to a regular king.
Well, as evidenced by the above picture, today I caught a regular king, and then about 15 minutes later a white one. They both were "dispatched" the same way, then filleted within minutes of each other and then brought home for processing about an hour after catching them.
When I got home I rinsed them both off, cut a chunk out of both of the fillets from the same area of the fillet and then let each piece sit in my favorite "seasoning sauce" for about 15 minutes.
I got a nice hardwood fire going on my grill and cooked both of the pieces the exact same way.IMG_5123.jpg
OK. I'm no "spring chicken", and I'm sure my taste buds have been "compromised" quite a bit over the many years of abuse I've put them through, but honestly, I could NOT tell the difference between the regular king and the white king in any way, shape or form. They both had the same consistency, taste and texture that the other one had and even putting a couple of pieces on my plate and "blindly" stabbing one, tasting it, and then stabbing the other one, not knowing which was which, I couldn't tell one from the other.
Yeah, I'm sure there are going to be people here that say, "OH, I can tell the difference!!!." Fine. My answer to that will be, "Keep fooling yourself."
I'll just say, from a very subjective, though maybe not entirely scientific, taste test, I say there's no difference in taste between a white king and a regular king.