Alternative Names: Elvers, Unagi
Monterey Bay Recommendation: Buyer beware! Eel ("unagi" in sushi) is very popular, but also on the "Avoid" list. Look for other seafood that's rated "Best Choice." - Note: Eel is a generic term and there are many species of eel available. Seafoodwatch does not specify, but your particular eel might not be among the "Avoid" choices.
Uses in Cooking: These are often eaten in sushi, fried, or grilled.
Similar Fish: Eel is a unique fish, more like snake than fish. Catfish is a decent texture substitute, but no other fish has the pronounce oily flavor of eel.
Description: Eels are long with tiny bones and high oil content. The meat does not really flake. The meat is a dark pink to yellow.
Fun Facts: Eel skin leather is very expensive and desirable, however it is not made from eels, but rather from hagfish.