What Does Mahi-Mahi Taste Like?

Mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus), otherwise known as the common dolphinfish (via Oceana), is a fish that lives in warm-weather climates such as in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, in the Caribbean, and around Hawaii (via The Kitchn). They are typically under three feet and 30 pounds but can grow up to six feet in length (via Sciencing). Mahi-mahi is an unusual looking fish and the males sport a distinctively humped head. This fish is extremely popular in the sport fishing world, and with its vivid green and yellow coloring, it's one of the brightest fish one might pull up during a deep-sea fishing expedition. Mahi-mahi is classified as a "best choice" by the seafood watchdog Monterey Bay Aquarium, the highest option in its ranking system (via Monterey Bay Aquarium). 

But more important than its color or where in the world it's found, what is its flavor profile?

Enough about how mahi-mahi looks, how does it taste?

Many foodies will tell you that the fish that tastes the closest to mahi-mahi is halibut, another type of whitefish, albeit one from much colder regions of the ocean such as British Columbia and Alaska (via National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). No flavor comparison is ever a 100 percent spot on though, and some people think that mahi-mahi is stronger or more "fishy" than halibut. And though it does seem surprising that such a colorful fish has such an ordinary taste, it's true. Mahi-mahi with it's tropical name and vibrant skin isn't much different from other whitefish once it's filleted. Another frequent comparison is to swordfish, which also has a very lean meat and firm, dense texture like mahi-mahi (via KitchenByte). Because it's lean and low on fat, mahi-mahi is a healthy choice and the fact that it isn't flaky and fragile makes it a great option to throw on the grill at a barbecue.