Lionfish, a venomous fish native to the Indo-Pacific, has been an invasive species in the Atlantic for over a decade. Lionfish harm reef ecosystems with no known predators and continues to reproduce all year long. Because lionfish are venomous and not poisonous, there is no harm in eating the lionfish meat. Just don’t pick one up with your bare hands. Once you dispose of the spines, there is no risk of envenomation, and you’re free to eat the lionfish and help put a dent in its proliferation.
Where to Try it Safely Prepared: The Zama Beach Club located in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, specializes in serving lionfish tiradito (raw).Back to top