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By Qbx101 (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Mahi Mahi

Alternative Names: Dolphinfish, dorado

Monterey Bay Recommendation: Look for dolphinfish (aka mahi-mahi) caught in the U.S. Atlantic with handlines, trolls or poles. Then look for dolphinfish caught by other U.S. fisheries, the Eastern Pacific with FAD-free purse seines or Ecuador. Most dolphinfish sold in the U.S. is imported, and most imported sources are on the "Avoid" list.

Uses in Cooking: This is the quintessential grilling fish. It goes great in a fish taco and holds up to being sauteed, broiled, or baked.

Similar Fish: Swordfish, marlin, sturgeon

Description: This fish has a sweet flavor with meaty savory flavors. It is firm with big flakes and a light grey/brown flesh. The skin is not good to eat.

Fun Facts: The mahi mahi was originally marketed as dolphinfish, but in the 1980s when it came to light that tuna fisherman were catching dolphins as bycatch, public outcry caused this name to become unmarketable. Ignorant activists caused this fish, which is unrelated to dolphins, to be rebranded as mahi-mahi which means "very strong" in Hawaiian.