Alternative Names: Kaku, Kupala, Barrow
Monterey Bay Recommendation: No Recommendation. Generally, no recommendations available.
Uses in Cooking: Generally baked, broiled, grilled, fried, blackened, or sauteed.
Similar Fish: King Mackerel, White Seabass, Spanish mackerel.
Description: This full flavored fish is firm with large flakes. It spoils quickly, so it must be eaten soon after capture. In the Caribbean, you will often hear people say it is the sweetest fish on earth, but follow that with, "but I don’t eat it because it is poison." Despite there being a small risk, this is a must-try fish. The meat is outstanding and memorable. I recommend finding a trusted source of small sized barracuda and giving them a try.
Fun Facts: Barracuda is often implicated in ciguatera poisoning, and caution should be exercised in the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Australia where it inhabits reefs. Open water Pacific barracuda are generally considered to be safe. Barracuda under 11 lbs off the coast of Belize are generally considered safe.