Frozen Opah Tenderloin
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Also known as moonfish, opah (Lampris guttatus) is a rich, full-flavored fish with good fat content and a flesh color that ranges from light pink to dark red.
Opah features a number of usable portions beyond the popular center fillet. The "tenderloin" of the opah displays a dark red color similar to beef. In fact, when grilled or seared over high heat this meat cooks up and practically tastes like steak! Cook opah tenderloin rare to medium to maintain its red color for a beautiful presentation and ocean fresh flavor. When cooked well done, this fish will turn white like albacore and have a similar texture. Hand cut in house, skin off.
Opah have been caught incidentally in Pacific longline fisheries for years. Because opah don’t swim in schools, they are typically caught one fish at a time. 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. Today, demand is rising for opah’s tasty and versatile meat, particularly among restaurants and chefs.
The biggest advantage of properly frozen seafood is that it enables you to enjoy your favorite varieties year round! At Catalina Offshore Products we portion our frozen fish from fresh fish we purchase from reputable fishermen. After we hand cut each fish at its peak of freshness, we freeze and vacuum pack individual portions in house and secure them in -10 degree coolers until ordered. Strict handling procedures from boat to plate preserve the just-caught freshness you expect, and ensure the high quality of your fish is maintained until you are ready to serve it.