Mahimahi deserves a place in every kitchen. This mild, sweet-tasting fish has a firm, white flesh and adapts amazingly well to a range of flavors and cooking methods.

Broiled, poached, grilled, baked or fried—mahimahi is fantastic no matter how it is prepared. If you have never cooked with this versatile fish, try mahimahi marinated with mango chutney or grilled with a pineapple and jalapeno salsa.            

Also known as:

Mahi, mahimahi, dolphin fish, dolphin, dorado

Availability:

Year-round

Product forms:

Fresh and frozen, fillets, steaks, whole, headed and gutted

Shopping tips:

Look for mahimahi with brightly colored skin and a pinkish hue to its meat

Substitutions:

Mahimahi is an excellent substitute for less ocean-friendly species such as grouper, snapper or Chilean sea bass.

Recipes:

Coconut marinated wild-caught mahimahi with mango chutney

Grilled wild-caught mahimahi with pineapple and jalapeno salsa

Mahi fishery: Mahimahi are usually caught with hook and line gear. More.

Conservation notes:

Mahimahi is considered an ocean-friendly seafood choice because it is a fast-growing fish and the fishing gear used does not cause significant habitat destruction. More.
Last updated: June 2009

 

Mahimahi Fishery

Mahimahi are fished worldwide, in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Most mahimahi is caught with longline fishing gear. Longlines consist of a long “mainline” that has smaller fishing lines with baited hooks spaced along its length. Accidental capture and injury of unwanted species (bycatch) can be a problem in longline fisheries. Gear and bait restrictions in the Hawaiian and US Atlantic longline fisheries have been effective in reducing bycatch.


Other types of gear used to catch mahimahi are pole and troll (not to be confused with “trawl”) gear. Both methods involve towing lines behind a moving boat and because fish are landed soon after being hooked, unwanted species can be released almost immediately and often without serious injury.

Conservation Notes 

Some fishes grow slowly and take years before they can reproduce, which means their populations are more susceptible to overfishing and slow to recover from extensive fishing pressure. Mahimahi is an ocean-friendly seafood choice because they are fast growing, and are extremely prolific spawners, which make them resilient to fishing pressure. Mahimahi is also typically fished with longline and trolling and gear, both of which are used at or near the surface. Although some types of commercial fishing gear can cause substantial negative impacts to ocean floor habitats, mahimahi fishing gear rarely comes in contact with the ocean floor, significantly reducing the risk of habitat destruction.


When possible, choose hook-and-line or troll-caught mahimahi which is labeled “Product of USA”, as there are regulations in place to protect their populations as well as to reduce bycatch of other species.