Opah

Opah


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Opah are an unusual looking fish – they have round, flat, body that’s silvery gray in color. Toward the belly, the silver shades to a rose red, dotted with white spots. Its fins and mouth are red, and their large eyes are encircled with gold. Fishermen once thought that this unusually colorful fish brought good luck, and would give it away as a goodwill gesture rather than sell it. There also wasn’t much of a market for the fish. In the late 1980s, the state of Hawaii started promoting opah to build a market among U.S. consumers for this underutilized species. Opah do not swim in schools, so they’re not caught in great numbers. Individual fish are regularly caught by longliners fishing in the deep ocean for tunas and billfish. While almost all opah sold in the U.S. market are from Hawaii, this species is found worldwide in tropical and temperate waters and is often taken as bycatch by longliners targeting tuna from New Zealand to California. In Mexico, the Opah is found on the Pacific side of the Baja California peninsula, north of Magdalena Bay.Opah has a rich, creamy taste and firm, fatty texture. The flavor is distinctive, a cross between tuna and swordfish. The opah’s flesh is rich with healthy oils, and is great grilled, broiled, sautéed, raw, or smoked. Opah has four types of flesh, each a different color. The tender meat behind their head and along the backbone is orange. Toward the belly, the flesh pales to pink. Opah's cheeks are dark red. All of the meat turns white when cooked, except a small amount of red or liver-colored flesh inside the breastplate, which cooks to a brown color and is somewhat stringy and difficult to fillet. (Courtesy of NOAA's FishWatch)
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Opah from F/V Kraken being served at Grant Grill at US Grant Hotel in San Diego, CA. Read more

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Opah from F/V Kraken being served at Florent Restaurant and Lounge in San Diego, CA. Read more

2017-04-26

Opah from F/V Kraken being served at Current at Coronado Island Marriott Resort in Coronado, CA. Read more

2017-04-26

Opah from F/V Kraken being served at Starlite in San Diego, CA. Read more

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2017-01-11

Opah from F/V Anthony G being served at The Bellows in San Marcos, CA. Read more

2016-11-12

Opah from F/V Kraken being served at The Bellows in San Marcos, CA. Read more

2016-11-09

Opah from F/V Kraken being served at The Bellows in San Marcos, CA. Read more

2016-10-15

Opah from F/V Kraken being served at Florent Restaurant and Lounge in San Diego, CA. Read more

2016-10-07

Opah from F/V Kraken being served at The Bellows in San Marcos, CA. Read more

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