Our buyer greets the fishing boats each morning and selects the finest fish for us at the famous Honolulu Fish Auction. Fresh, never frozen, the day’s selection is flown direct from the Big Island to Texas and is available in your Central Market within 48 hours of leaving the auction.
And this week (March 1-7), our premium selection of Hawaiian seafood is the star of our stores! We’re kicking off our Hawaiian Seafood Celebration to shine a spotlight on some classic favorites (Swordfish, coming up!) and introduce you to some varieties you may not be familiar with, but should be! (We have an Opah steak with your name on it!)
Here's a closer look at what we have in store, and, as always, your Central Market fish monger will be happy as a clam to help select the perfect cut for you.
Let's dive in with the classics:
Big Eye Tuna
Tell me more: Often known by its Hawaiian name, Ahi, this tuna has a firm texture, mild flavor, and is an excellent source of extra lean protein. It’s the preferred fish of sashimi lovers.
Best enjoyed: Seared or raw
Recipe ideas: Hawaiian Tuna Poke, Sesame-Crusted Tuna with Wasabi-Ponzu Sauce
Tell me more: Hawaiian swordfish can reach 600 lbs. and are in season right now! It has a firm texture, mild flavor, and high oil content. A four-ounce serving provides 1,200 mg of omega-3s.
Best enjoyed: Grilled
Recipe ideas: Grilled Swordfish with Pineapple Salsa, Hawaiian Swordfish Kabobs
Tell me more: Yummy Yummy. Available from Hawaii most of the year, mahi mahi has a firm texture and a delicate, mild, sweet flavor.
Best enjoyed: Grilled just until flaking.
Recipe ideas: Sweet & Sour Mahi Mahi, Grilled Kona Mahi Mahi
Now let’s jump into deeper waters with a few amazing Hawaiian fish you may not have experienced yet:
Tell me more: Also known as moonfish for its large, round profile, this crimson-finned fish can tip the scales at 200 lbs. It has a firm texture, rich flavor, and is an excellent source of protein, B vitamins and omega-3s.
Best enjoyed: Seared
Recipe ideas: Grilled Opah with Mango-Avocado Salsa, Grilled Hawaiian Opah with Candied Lemons and Herb Salad
Tell me more: It has a highly transparent appearance, firm texture, moderate flavor, and is a good source of protein and iodine.
Best enjoyed: Grilled
Tell me more: Kampachi is sustainably farm-raised and was dubbed the “wonder fish” by Fortune because it “melts on your tongue, holds up on the grill, and is so rich in oils that it'll fry in a pan without butter.”
Best enjoyed: Pan fried or raw.
Recipe ideas: Grilled Kampachi Collar with Ponzu Dipping Sauce, Asian-styled Steamed Hawaiian Kampachi,
And don't forget the shrimp! These head-on dandies are quite large, weighing in at 13 to 15 per pound.
Tell me more: The shrimp are farm-raised in pristine salt water with hydro-electric power operating all production systems. They have a firm and succulent texture and sweet flavor.
Best enjoyed: Grilled or sautéed. Take care not to overcook.
Stop in today and try something new. We can't wait to hear which is your favorite!
Remember March 1-7 it's all about Hawaiian seafood, fresh from the Big Island.