Fresh Opah Top Loin Fillet
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The opah fillet is a center cut from the tender top loin of the fish. It is light salmon-orange to pink-rose in color. Its sweet flavor and lean texture are similar to tuna. For this reason fresh opah is often enjoyed as sashimi. When cooked, the flesh of the fish turns white. Fillets are 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.
We are currently able to establish nearly 75 percent of our offerings as sustainably sourced and traceable to the fishery or boat. Our commitment to sourcing better seafood choices from responsible fisheries or farms enables us to work with a network of partners. Among them, Trace and Trust, which connects chefs and consumers with the fishermen and farmers who harvested their food. To learn more about our opah fishermen, visit http://traceandtrust.com/products/opah.