Chef Ricky's Blog - Wahoo
I apologize that I haven’t sat down to write a blog lately, but everyone is keeping Mari, myself, Kris and all of our staff busy this summer here at Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro. Thank you for everyone that has stopped by and said hello! We have had some questions about local fish that aren’t really popular elsewhere, but are incredible. One of the local favorite on Amelia Island is Wahoo (plus it’s fun to say). Wahoo is very closely related to King Mackerel and also (especially in Hawaii) is known as Ono. It is one of the fastest fish in the sea that can swim between 60 and 75 miles per hour.
The best season for Wahoo is late April thru mid October and can be found in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas. They are a fun fish to catch and can grow up to 180 lbs, while most commercial Wahoo weigh between 8 and 30 lbs. Wahoo gives us beautiful white filets with a slightly firm texture that has a mild sweet flavor. Wahoo can be cooked many different ways, including baked, fried, smoked and our favorite ways, grilled and lightly blackened. If you get a chance, try a filet. Ask your local seafood purveyor or even your local super market if they can get you some. Take it home, fire up the grill and season it with some salt and pepper or some blacken spice, then add a little fresh lemon juice. You can’t go wrong!