Long prized by sport fisherman for its fighting spirit, amberjack is also a delicious addition to any dinner table. Its lean, firm meat boasts a mild flavor that takes well to marinades and varied preparations.

In the wild, amberjacks are voracious predators who forage over reefs, rock outcroppings and even wrecks for small squid, fish and crustaceans. Although they can reach sizes up to 150 lbs, most commercially caught varieties are less than 15 lbs apiece. Often sold whole, amberjack can be harder to find in fish markets than other fish, but is well worth the wait.

Availability: Seasonal

Origin: Wild; Caught primarily in reefs off the Florida coast.

Texture and Flavor: Firm texture, white meat with mild flavor. Extra lean fish.

Cooking Methods: Grill, bake, broil, steam, sauté

Substitutes: Mahi-Mahi, Grouper