The flesh of members of the yellowtail jack family is more delicate tasting than that of other fish in the jack family. The flesh of the young fish will be a light golden colour, though a single fish will have both light and dark meat. The dark meat is red at first but turns dark brown when exposed to air.
Most yellowtail jack sold commercially, on a global scale in terms of sheer numbers, is farm-raised in Japan, where they prefer the taste of farm-raised yellowtail jack.
Sushi bars in North America often import the farm-raised yellowtail as frozen fillets.