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Onaga - Hawaiian Red Snapper

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Onaga is revered as one of the best snappers in the world.  It is used both as sashimi and cooked.  Raw Onaga has beautiful pinkish flesh with a creamy texture and mild sweetness.  Cooked Onaga is white with a delicate, sweet flavor and large, moist flakes. Fish from the winter months have a higher fat content and are therefore considered better, especially for sushi. But summer Onaga is still very good.

Typical Cooking Methods

  • Bake
  • Broil
  • Deep-Fry
  • Grill
  • Poach
  • Saute
  • Smoke
  • Steam
  • Sushi

Alternate Names

Hawaiian Red Snapper, Long-tail Snapper, Ula-ula, Ruby Snapper, Scarlet Snapper

Typical Wholesale Products

Whole Fish, Skin/On Fillets, Skin/Off Fillets

Description (Etelis coruscans)

Onaga has beautiful brilliant red skin with a long, elegant swallow-like tail.  In the days of the Hawaiian Kings, the fish was caught specifically for them, and today it is still often used in Hawaii to celebrate weddings and New Year's.  Average weight is between 1 - 18 pounds.


image source Worldwide Gourmet

Onaga Fillet 
photo by www.honolulufish.com

Fresh Onaga Availability

Fresh seafood availability chart: green areas show peak availability, light green show limited availability, gray indicates not available fresh.

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Onaga Butchering Yield Percentage and Recovery

ItemTo Skin/On FilletsTo Skin/Off FilletsNotes
Whole Head/On ungutted 38% 34% 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

Onaga is a bottomfish which inhabits deep waters  of 600-1000 feet, especially around outcroppings along rocky b0ttoms. Onaga caught around the Hawaiian Islands range in size from 1 - 18 pounds, while Onaga caught in the South Pacific are typically larger.

Onaga Range
AquaMaps     Data sources: GBIF OBIS



Onaga Sustainability Info

NameAlternate NamesCatch MethodCatch
Onaga Hawaiian Red Snapper, Long-tail Snapper, Ula-ula, Ruby Snapper, Scarlet Snapper Wild, Hook & Line, Handline US Hawaii Yellow-icon_20.png Red-Dot_20.png Yellow-icon_20.png n/a
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.

 Green-icon_20.png = Best Choice/Recommended     Yellow-icon_20.png = Good Alternative     Red-Dot_20.png = Avoid/Not Recommended
August 2013


Onaga Nutritional Information

based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving

* Calories/Calories from fat 180
* Protein grams 33
* Fat grams 5.25
* Saturated fat grams 1.5
* Sodium milligrams 135
* Cholesterol milligrams 67.5
* Omega-3 grams 1.3



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