Mahi-mahi Flavor Profile

Mahi Mahi Flavor Scale

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 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

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

Alternate Names

Dorado, Dolphinfish

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.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec


Butchering Yield % and Recovery

Item To Skin/On Fillets To Skin/Off Fillets Notes
Whole Head/On gutted (10 lb) 50% 40% If you have additional yield info on this fish please leave a comment below.
Whole Head/Off gutted 68% 59%
Skin/On Fillets 85%
Yield % varies according to a number of factors including: size of fish, season, sex, and the skill of your fishmonger.


How To Fillet Whole Mahi-mahi

Thanks to Pacific Seafood for allowing me to shoot this tutorial showing how to break-down a whole Mahi-mahi into fillets. Suzie is the professional fishmonger giving the demo…I asked her to slow way down and take her time filleting so we could see her technique. Pay attention to her hands…she indicates specific techniques clearly.


Range & Habitat

Mahi Mahi Range & LocationAquaMapsData sources: GBIF

Mahi-mahi can be found in tropical and subtropical waters world wide.

Typical Wholesale Products

Whole Dressed, H&G, Fillets

Sustainability Info

Name Alternate Names Catch Method Catch
Mahi Mahi Dorado, Dolphinfish Wild, Pole, Handline, Troll US Green-icon_20.png Green-icon_20.png Green-icon_20.png Moderate
Mahi Mahi Dorado, Dolphinfish Wild, Longline US Yellow-icon_20.png Red-Dot_20.png Yellow-icon_20.png Moderate
Mahi Mahi Dorado, Dolphinfish Wild, Pole, Handline, Troll Ecuador, Peru, Taiwan Yellow-icon_20.png Red-Dot_20.png Yellow-icon_20.png Moderate
Mahi Mahi Dorado, Dolphinfish Wild, Pole, Handline, Troll US Pacific Yellow-icon_20.png n/a Yellow-icon_20.png Moderate
Mahi Mahi Dorado, Dolphinfish Wild, Pole, Handline, Troll Hawaii Yellow-icon_20.png Green-icon_20.png Yellow-icon_20.png Moderate
Mahi Mahi Dorado, Dolphinfish Wild, Longline Ecuador, Peru, Taiwan Red-Dot_20.png Red-Dot_20.png Red-Dot_20.png 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.

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

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.


Nutritional Information

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

* Calories/Calories from fat 171
* Protein grams 37.7
* Fat grams 1.7
* Saturated fat grams 0
* Sodium milligrams 37.7
* Cholesterol milligrams  137
* Omega-3 grams  .19


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