Frozen Opah Tri-Tip
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Also known as moonfish, opah (Lampris guttatus) is a rich, full-flavored fish with food 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. Opah "tri-tip" is often thought of as the cheek due to its position on the fish; however, it actually comes from deeper inside the fish near the belly. Opah tri-tip displays a light red meat. Because it boasts a fattier texture, this cut is perfect for pan searing, broiling and frying. Hand cut in house, skin off.
Tip: because the shape of opah tri-tip is round, we recommend trimming the sides if you prefer to square up your portions. This will make for even cooking and more uniform presentation. Use the leftover trim for a seafood stir-fry!
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.