I remember in the 1980's when Mahi mahi was called Dolphinfish. It caused such an uproar with the public thinking restaurants were serving dolphin! To avoid confusion (and hysteria!), the fish now is marketed as Mahi mahi, and to clarify, it is not related to a dolphin in any way.
Mahi-mahi Flavor Profile
Mahi-mahi has lean flesh with a mild, sweet flavor profile, moderately firm texture and large, moist flakes. The skin is thick and should therefore be removed before cooking. Fresh Mahi Mahi has translucent pinkish flesh and a bright red bloodline. If the bloodline is brownish or dull then the fish is old.
Typical Cooking Methods
Typical Wholesale Products
Whole Dressed, H&G, Fillets
Description (Coryphaena hippurus)
Mahi-Mahi is a beautiful fish with a rainbow of dazzling iridescent colors which fade after dying. The back is electric green and blue with gold or silver sides and bellies. The sides have a speckling of spots.
They are among the fastest swimmers in the sea, and their Spanish name is Dorado maverikos which means "golden maverick". The average commercial size is about 5 lbs, but mahi-mahi can reach up to 50 lbs.
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Fresh Mahi Mahi Availability
Fresh mahi mahi availability chart: green areas show peak availability, light green show limited availability, gray indicates not available fresh. Frozen available all year long.
Mahi Mahi Butchering Yield % and Recovery
|Item||To Skin/On Fillets||To Skin/Off Fillets||Notes|
|Whole Head/On gutted (10 lb)
|Whole Head/Off gutted||70%||64%|
|Skin/On Fillets||--||85%||If you have additional yield info on this fish please leave a comment below.|
|Yield % varies according to a number of factors including: size of fish, season, sex, and the skill of your fishmonger.|
Range & Habitat
Mahi-mahi can be found in tropical and subtropical waters world wide.
Mahi-mahi Sustainability Info
|Name||Alternate Names||Catch Method||Catch|
|Mahi Mahi||Dorado, Dolphinfish||Wild, Pole, Handline, Troll||US||Moderate|
|Mahi Mahi||Dorado, Dolphinfish||Wild, Longline||US||Moderate|
|Mahi Mahi||Dorado, Dolphinfish||Wild, Pole, Handline, Troll||Ecuador, Peru, Taiwan||n/a||Moderate|
|Mahi Mahi||Dorado, Dolphinfish||Wild, Pole, Handline, Troll||US Pacific||n/a||n/a||Moderate|
|Mahi Mahi||Dorado, Dolphinfish||Wild, Pole, Handline, Troll||Hawaii||n/a||Moderate|
|Mahi Mahi||Dorado, Dolphinfish||Wild, Longline||Ecuador, Peru, Taiwan||n/a||Moderate|
|Disclaimer: The sustainability info above is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, each program randomly updates their information without our knowledge. We therefore recommend that you verify the current accuracy of this information.|
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Mahi Mahi is a fast growing fish and stocks are believed to be able to withstand the rate at which they are being fished. Concerns are mostly associated with bycatch, the type of gear used and the level of fishery oversight to minimize bycatch.
based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving
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