Broadbill Swordfish

Broadbill Swordfish (XIPHIAS GLADIUS)

Broadbill Swordfish


Catch fish at night by setting monofilament longline gear in shallow water with circle hooks, mackerel-type bait, and lights for vision. Best to catch from January to May.


Keep fish chilled in ice. Can be frozen for longer storage.


  • Wash fish well before use.
  • Remove the guts and cut the flesh with a knife.
  • Can be eaten raw.
  • Can be grilled or broiled.
  • (Hawaii Seafood Council, 2012).

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Broadbill Swordfish

Broadbill swordfish is the most widely distributed billfishin the Pacific Ocean. The flesh is firm and pale to pink in color with red blood lines along the collar and tail. When cooked, the flesh is white and tender with a mild flavor (Hawaii Seafood Council, 2012).

Traditional Names
  • Hawaiian – aʻu
  • Kosraean – ik koac
  • Palauan – meluis
  • Pohnpeian – dakelahr
  • Samoan – saʻulā
  • Yapese – mwarelasho