Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Grilled Hawaiian Ono (Wahoo)

Does it get much better than a fat slab of grilled fish? I'd say the answer is no, especially when that grilled fish is fresh, wild-caught Hawaiian Ono.  AKA Wahoo, this fish is also caught around Florida and throughout the Gulf of Mexico & Caribbean.

The fish has a similar appearance to mackerel, and a rather similar taste and texture. The flesh is quite delicate as well; it holds up as a fillet but can easily be pulled apart and made into some epic fish tacos with a little cilantro, lime, and garlic, and some cabbage or lettuce leaves to wrap 'em up.

Sizzle, my pretties...

These fish are notoriously quite elusive and apparently little is known about their population numbers. According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium,

"Wahoo grows and matures quickly, so we think it can withstand concentrated fishing pressure. However, populations haven’t been adequately researched, and so we don’t know if it's being overfished."

They unfortunately are on the "potentially contaminated with mercury" list, so it is better to enjoy Ono occasionally.  Damn mercury!!
Can you say, yummo?

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