Mahi-mahi
Mahi-mahi
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Coryphaena hippurus

Mahi-mahi is a dolphin-fish, not to be confused with dolphins or porpoises which are mammals. The name mahi-mahi means "strong-strong" in Hawaiian, and if you have ever had one on the end of your fishing line, you would believe it. They are a beautifully colored surface-dwelling, ray-finned fish that chooses to live in tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. They are one of only two members of the Coryphaenidae family, the other being the Pompano dolphinfish.

Mahi-mahi have a relatively short life span of three to four years and average between 18 to 30 pounds. They are beautifully colored with bright gold, blues and greens, which fade pretty quickly once they are removed from the water.

Mahi-mahi are meat eaters and feed on crabs, squid, small fish and even crustaceans. My kind of diet!

Mahi-mahi is a favorite among game fishers because of their fighting ability and their beauty. The meat is also prized for its firm white texture and flavor. It can be used in any cooking application, and is a favorite of mine in Ceviche recipes. It has become popular worldwide as a substitute for swordfish because, having scales, they are considered kosher, as well as halal by Shia and Sunni Muslims. It also stands up to the grill like swordfish.