“Splendid Alfonsino” are wonderfully iconic deep water fish, with huge eyes and bright scales. They are found all over the world, but prized foremost in Japanese cuisine, where they are very frequently consumed raw, lightly seared, or just splashed with boiling water to subtly tenderize the meat and accentuate its umami characteristics. Late spring or early summer catches from Japan south to New Zealand are considered the fattiest and most succulent, just before the catches have laid their eggs. The flavor tends to be mild and not too fishy, nicely balanced between sweetness and savoriness. The skin is very thin and subtly crunchy — super delightful, even when raw. A quick sear can ever so slightly amplify the exterior texture while tenderizing the meat, making this fish delightfully versatile and satisfying.
~ 2 lbs/fish