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Mahi Mahi the "strong"? Fish has an Interesting History and Best Taste

Mahi Mahi the
15 Sep 2017

Mahi Mahi, is said to have the best taste and the Hawaiian meaning of Mahi is “strong”.  It’s interesting history tells of a surface-dwelling ray-finned fish which can be found in tropical/subtropical, temperate waters offshore around the world.

It is commonly referred to as Dolphinfish, is available at restaurants in Cayman. Dolphinfish is not at all related to the mammal dolphin, states the Florida Museum of Natural History. On the Pacific and along the English-speaking coast of South Africa, dolphinfish are commonly referred to by its Spanish name Dorado, states Wikipedia. Its scientific name is Coryphaena hippurus.

Seafood menus in the Cayman Islands generally have this particular fish as it is one of the most popular fish in Caribbean fine dining. Our Cayman Islands cuisine features a wide array of fish and mahi mahi is sure to be amongst them.

The Hawaiian name for this fish has become the common name of this fish in the US. Its colors are brilliant blue and silver dappled with yellow. It is a thin-skinned fish with firm, light pink flesh which has a delicate flavor and is highly regarded. Hawaiians would say their local fish is superior to mahi mahi found in other locations around the world.

There is much demand for this species and locally caught mahi mahi (in Hawaii) is limited and seasonal. Most of this type of fish weigh 8 to 25 pounds; over 15 pounds is the preferred market size. Commercial landings in Hawaii are constructed by longliners and trollers specifically for this particularly fish.

Any waterfront fine dining will be sure to include mahi mahi in its menu and is available at upscale restaurants. Tourists, especially from the US, have come to regard the fish as one of the state’s best known fish and Cayman’s tourism makes it available most places you will dine in Cayman.

Mahi mahi is an excellent source of lean protein; it is low in sodium and saturated fat, whilst it is rich in vitamin B12, selenium, niacin and phosphorus. It provides approximately 400 mg of omega-3s per four ounce of fish, states the Hawaii Seafood Council.

In Cayman, mahi mahi wasn’t always so popular as the main seafood in the Cayman Islands.  At one time locals were concerned they were eating the revered mammal dolphin. Soon the fish’s name switched from dolphinfish to mahi mahi and has become a favourite. Now that it has become popular our local anglers are eagerly trying to catch this fish to sell to local vendors.

Prepared Cayman style, it will be done in tomatoes, peppers and onions; it is often enjoyed by both locals and tourists.