By {JSR} [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By {JSR} [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


Alternative Names: Yellowtail

Monterey Bay Recommendation: Look for amberjack farmed in closed tanks or amberjack caught with hooks and lines in California and the Isla Natividad, Mexico. Then look below for a "Good Alternative" from the U.S., but know that these sources have environmental issues. Say "No, thanks" to buri, greater amberjack or yellowtail farmed in Japan.

Uses in Cooking: These can be grilled, baked, broiled, poached, or used in curries.

Similar Fish: Crevalle Jack, Pompano, Mahi Mahi

Description: Firm pink flesh has medium to large flakes with relatively high fat and oil content. This means it stands up to high heat and aggressive cooking without drying out. It is flavorful and interesting.

Fun Facts: These are a voracious fighting fish known for long dramatic runs. The record weight for this species is 104 lbs.