Dec 20, 2016

Species Bio: Mahi Mahi


Mahi Mahimahi-mahi


Coryphaena hippurus

Besides our abundance in Dungeness Crab this season, we just brought in some fresh delicious Mahi mahi from Peru. It is found in warm waters throughout the world and is a moderately fat fish with firm, flavorful flesh. You can place you orders with us today by calling 707-579-0679 or emailing us at Below is more on the Mahi mahi species.


Mahi Mahi means “strong strong” in Hawaiian, and is also known as a dolphinfish. It has long been a favorite in Hawaii and Florida where is caught, but today it is a popular choice for seafood lovers everywhere. It is a carnivorous fishing, consuming shrimp, crab and small fish – including small mahi. It grows extremely quickly and can reach up to 70 pounds and 6 feet long when fully grown. It has brilliant blue and yellow coloring and sweet, firm white flesh.


The best time to catch Mahi Mahi is between April and August.

Catch Location


Catch Method

Mahi mahi are usually caught as bycatch from the high seas tuna fishery, with pelagic longlines. In Ecuador, Hawaii and the Eastern Pacific, they are caught with purse seine nets. Small boat fisherman also target them with handlines at certain times of the year when they run close to the coast.



Photo credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

Buying Guide

Mahi mahi is an excellent fish when well cared for, though the quality can vary dramatically depending on handling. The best fish are bled and iced immediately when caught. Look for flecks of blood and dull gray flesh to indicate poor handling and lack of freshness. Mahi Mahi is sold headed and gutted, skin-on and pinbone-in fillets.

In Your Seafood Case

It is important to keep fresh Mahi Mahi iced at 32˚. If selling skin-on, be sure to display portions with skin side up.

Preparation Ideas

Mahi mahi’s sweet and semi-firm flesh makes it a very versatile fish in the kitchen. It is excellent grilled, baked or pan-fried, and delicious with fruit salsas.

Here are some great recipes you can share with your customers:

Grilled Mahi mahi tacos

Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi