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.

Availability: Year-Round

Origin: Pacific

Texture and Flavor: large-grain flesh, rich, fatty

Cooking Methods: Grill, broil, pan-sear, sashimi, and occasionally, smoking

Substitutes: Yellowfin Tuna, Pompano