Amberjack is a shusse uo ,or “promoting fish”, which is a fish that changes its name (in Japanese fishing terminology) according to its age. Kanpachi is the most mature stage.
It is a carnivore that feeds on smaller fish. It can grow up to 7 ft and weigh over 200 lbs.
Many fish have different names in Japanese to distinguish their taste as well. The Amberjack is one of the few fishes that taste good throughout its whole life. The Shokko, which can be caught in Autumn is a seasonal delicacy. During the infant stage, the amberjack has a pattern similar to the symbol “8” in the middle of its face, therefore received the name kanpachi , or “center eight”.
It is greatly appreciated in Japan, where it is called hamachi or buri. These fish are eaten either cooked or raw, and are a seasonal favourite in the colder months when the meat has a higher fat content. Amberjack is typically thought of as a winter delicacy of Toyama and the Hokuriku region.
Although it is frequently listed on menus as “Yellowtail tuna”, it is a fish of an entirely different family, the Carangidae, rather than the Scombridae family that includes tunas, mackerels, and bonitos.
The amberjack is also good as a sashimi, carpaccio, bouillabaisse, grilled (salt or teriyaki), or fried with bread crumbs.