Chef Ricky's Blog - Wahoo
Occasionally, I'll get a question about the types of fish that are local to our area, but maybe not as available elsewhere. One local Amelia Island favorite is Wahoo (yeah, it's fun to say!)
The best season for Wahoo is late April through mid October. It's usually found in the Atlantic, Pacific, Caribbean Sea and Mediterranean Sea.
This fish is very closely related to King Mackerel, also known as Ono in Hawaii. It's one of the fastest fish in the sea and can swim between 60 to 75 miles per hour. The cheetah has nothing on a Wahoo! They can grow up to 180 pounds, though most commercial Wahoo weigh between 8 and 30 pounds.
Wahoo produces beautiful, white filets with a slightly firm texture and a mild, sweet flavor. It can be baked, fried, smoked--and, of course, our favorite way: grilled and lightly blackened. If you see Wahoo on our menu, try it out! Or ask your local seafood purveyor or super market if they can get some. Take it home, fire up the grill, season it with salt and pepper or maybe some blackening spice. Then, add a little fresh lemon juice. You can’t go wrong with Wahoo!