Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

I couldn't find a simple recipe for opah (also known as moonfish) so I just seared it and it was so good. The flavor of the fish can stand on its own.


  1. Sqeeze lemon all over both sides of fish. Salt and pepper both sides of fish. Heat olive oil in frying pan. Sear fish over high heat for about 3-4 minutes per side. Serve.
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Grilled vs. seared skin on. Skin side down and then a quick flip for grill marks. First time for this variety but turned out perfect. Needs nothing else as the taste is quite delicate on its own. Leave the center translucent for the best texture.

stuckeyville2015 May 18, 2016

SO delicious and simple. You were right that this type of fish doesn't need any fancy or fussy sauce. I wanted to make something quick but delicious and when I saw your posting, tried it out. I made this with a large pan of roasted Asian beech mushrooms and bok choy mui (smaller than baby bok choy). Yum, so good!! Definitely a keeper, thank you!

jaxxsite October 14, 2014

Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I was looking for a way to cook fresh Opah that was simple and delicious and since I'd never cooked it before I was hoping to find some help (hand holding). Your simple method was exactly what I was after. I agree with you; this fish is very tasty on its own and doesn't need a fussy sauce or topping.

bikracer October 04, 2012