Market Monday: Kona Abalone

18 Jan

Sustainable abalone, hot off the grill

Abalone is too delicious for its own good. Demand for the tasty mollusk has led to overfishing, and in the past decade there hasn’t been enough abalone to go around. Fortunately, aquaculturalists around the globe have been working on farming abalone, so I can enjoy eating abalone without worrying that I’m responsible for its extinction.

They’ve even got an abalone farm right here in Hawaii! I was very happy to find this abalone stand at the KCC farmers’ market stand sells abalone raw (for future cooking, not sashimi, although that would be awesome) or grilled for immediate consumption. If you haven’t tried abalone, I highly recommend it — I think California has some limited abalone fishing, if you’re stuck on the Mainland. Abalone is meaty, almost like calamari, but with a sweet shellfish flavor.


5 Responses to “Market Monday: Kona Abalone”

  1. Nate @ House of Annie February 22, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    Hi there,

    found your site while doing a search for Kona Abalone. We were just at the KCC Farmers’ Market this past Saturday. Here’s my writeup.

    I’ve perused through your site and am excited to know another kama’aina who is transplanted in Malaysia! My wife is from KL but we’re currently living in Kuching. Wish I’d have found your blog earlier; we could have gotten together when you came over to Sarawak in January!

    Aloha, Nate

    • rgautz February 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

      I’m so excited someone I don’t know is reading the blog! Let me know if you’re ever in KL, we’ll have to get together for makan. Where did you go to school in Hawaii?

      • Nate @ House of Annie February 24, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

        Don’t know when we’ll be in KL next, probably around the end of November when the kids are out of school.

        To answer your question: Iolani (but don’t hold that against me 😉 )

        What school you went?

      • Nate @ House of Annie May 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm #


        we’re going to be in KL the last week of May / first week of June. Let me know if you want to meet up!


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