The Opah’s large-grain flesh is rich and fatty. Because it does not swim in schools, it is not commercially fished, but rather, is often a bycatch on Tuna fishery longlines. This moonfish (named for its circular shape that resembles a full moon) has a unique lavender skin with orange hues and white spots. Its fins are bright orange, and its flesh is a bright pinkish orange. Opah is a very versatile fish, used for sashimi, broiling, grilling, sautéing, and occasionally, smoking.
Texture and Flavor: large-grain flesh, rich, fatty
Cooking Methods: Grill, broil, pan-sear, sashimi, and occasionally, smoking
Substitutes: Yellowfin Tuna, Pompano