Seafood: Ono


Some fish are cool to look at because they’re sleek and sexy while others look like freaks of nature. I don’t want to mention any names about the latter (flounder), but the former has some very sexy examples, one being Ono.

Sometimes called Wahoo, the Ono is built for speed, not lollygagging on the bottom the way flatfish do. Ono in Hawaiian means “delicious” and this might explain why the fish has two names. Early maps of Hawaii spelled Oahu “Wahoo,” but that this Wahoo fish tasted Ono. (Oh no! This is confusing!) Although there are two different varieties, Atlantic and Pacific Ono, they’re both found in tropical and sub tropical waters and at the pool bar at happy hour.

Ono doesn’t tend to school but do congregate on occasion. They are often a “by-catch” (caught unintentionally) by trawlers hunting for tuna, and is not believed to be under pressure from overfishing.

High in protein and low in fat, Ono has a mild taste and circular flakes when assaulted by a fork. It’s suitable grilled, sautéed, blackened and works well in a tempura batter. Besides tasting mighty fine, Ono is rich in omega 3s too.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Rating
The Monterey Bay Aquarium lists ono as a “good alternative” since there doesn’t appear to be enough research to prove or disprove overfishing pressure.

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