Tonight’s Catch Mahi-Mahi

 

Mahi-Mahi

 

This tropical fish is very popular. The raw meat is pinkish to off white in color and has a mild taste similar to tuna or swordfish. The meat has a finer texture and large flakes. Grilling, frying or baking are the recomended cooking styles .

The mahi-mahi or common dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) found in off-shore temperate, tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. Also known widely as dorado, it is one of only two members of the Coryphaenidae family, the other being the pompano dolphinfish. Being referred to as a “dolphin”, causes it to be confused with the more widely known marine mammals called dolphins.

The name mahi-mahi means very strong in Hawaiian. In other languages the fish is known as lampuga, lampuka, lampuki, rakingo, calitos, or maverikos.

Mahi-mahi have compressed bodies and long dorsal fins extending nearly the entire length of their bodies. Their caudal fins and anal fins are sharply concave. They are distinguished by dazzling colors: golden on the sides, and bright blues and greens on the sides and back. Mature males have prominent foreheads protruding well above the body proper. Females have a rounded head. Females are also usually smaller than males.

Mahi-mahi are among the fastest-growing fish. They spawn in warm ocean currents throughout much of the year, and their young are commonly found in seaweed. Mahi-mahi are carnivorous, feeding on flying fish, crabs, squid, mackerel, and other forage fish. They have also been known to eat zooplankton and crustaceans.