Triple Tail - best kept secret of gulf fish!
Tripletail is a fish found throughout the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and into the Atlantic, where fishermen in the Carolinas catch it. There it’s better known by another name—blackfish.
But “tripletail” has a better ring, doesn’t it? That arises from the positions of the dorsal and anal fins, which are about the same size and shape as the tail fin. So they give the illusion that the fish has three tails.
It’s an exceptional eating fish. Unfortunately, there’s no large commercial catch quota. Because it’s either line-caught or turns up as a bycatch in shrimp nets, it’s not widely or regularly available. (Otherwise, we would offer it more often.) Finding tripletail means 1) you’re in a great place, and 2) this is your lucky day.
Tripletail seems to be best cooked in the saute pan and served with a sauce on the buttery end of the spectrum. It can also be blackened or bronzed. Grilling would be best utilizing foil or a basket because of its flakey texture.