Cooking with mahi-mahi

Mahi-mahi is the Hawaiian name for the species Coryphaena hippurus, also known in Spanish as the Dorado or the dolphin fish in English. Not related to "Flipper", the bottlenose dolphin, an air-breathing mammal.


Mahi-Mahi is a beautiful fish with a rainbow of dazzling iridescent colors which fade after dying. The back is electric green and blue with gold or silver sides and bellies. The sides have a speckling of spots.

Mahi-mahi has lean flesh with a mild, sweet flavor profile, moderately firm texture and large, moist flakes. The skin is thick and should therefore be removed before cooking. Fresh Mahi Mahi has translucent pinkish flesh and a bright red bloodline. If the bloodline is brownish or dull then the fish is old.