A member of the wide-ranging jack family, African pompano is not a true pompano, though it is very similar. The easiest way to think of it is that all pompano (including African and Florida) are jacks, but not all jacks are pompano. This popular fish is found around the world in tropical coastal waters including the Pacific, the Gulf of Mexico and south Atlantic. Jump on it when it’s available, but don’t confuse it with Florida pompano.
According to recent Seafood Watch assessments, “the U.S. Gulf of Mexico stock is stable, and overfishing in the U.S. Atlantic is unlikely. There are no bycatch concerns, and habitat impacts are low.
African Pompano has a firm texture, mild flavor with slightly the richness characteristic to other jack, slightly similar to Mahi-Mahi (although not a jack).