One of the three most popular deepwater snappers in Hawaii. Uku is rich in natural fat, a desirable attribute for sashimi. Moist and firm textured, uku simulates an almost lobster-like density and heartiness. Like the delicate Opakapaka, uku is an impressive host to rich sauces. Preparation methods include baking, broiling, sautéing and steaming.
Translucent, pale, pink
Oil Content & Texture:
Rich natural fat, moist
Delicate flavor intensity
Delicate sweet flavor quality (slightly stronger than the very delicate Opakapaka)
Raw/Sashimi Character: Color, Oil, Texture Flavor:
Translucent pale pink color. Rich fat content. Firm, moist texture. Delicate sweet flavor.
Waitstaff Selling Feature:
One of the three most popular deepwater snappers in Hawaii. Rich in natural fats, Uku is very desirable for sashimi. Substitutes include the famous onaga, opakapaka.
Year round. Summer peak.