Mahi mahi

Other Common Names:

Dorado, Dolphin fish




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Coryphaena hippurus

Range & Habitat: Mahi mahi have a wide range and are found in tropical and subtropical waters throughout the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Inland brings in mahi mahi from around the world, and is currently an active supporter of the WWF Peru mahi mahi longline Fishery Improvement Project (FIP).

Identification & Biology: This unique fish is bright and colorful. Since mahi mahi matures quickly, and is so widely distributed it is somewhat resistant to fishing pressure, although strong management is needed to keep populations healthy.

Market Description: Mahi has firm, pinkish flesh that cooks up white with a mild but distinctive flavor. The skin is tough and almost always removed before cooking.

Habitat: Widely distributed throughout tropical & subtropical waters around the world

Flavor Profile: firm texture, moist flake, sweet flavor

Fishing Technique: Hook & line, long line

Suitable Sub: Amberjack, swordfish, mako shark

Sold as: Fillets, steaks, whole (less common)

Recommended Preparation: Mahi’s firm flesh is easy to broil, grill, roast, or pan-sear. This flavorful fish can take strong seasoning blends and marinades.