One of the best things we can do to help control the Caribbean lionfish population is to eat it. Don’t be afraid! It’s a fantastic white flaky fish with a wonderful texture.
Bonaire is far ahead of many other Caribbean islands when it comes to eradicating lionfish and creating consumer demand for it as a food fish. You’ll find it at several of the island’s restaurants, thanks to a team of dedicated lionfish hunters and skilled chefs. Thankfully, demand is high, and it’s not uncommon for restaurants to be sold out of lionfish.
One of our favorite ways to eat lionfish is on the beach with Hagen. Hagen is the owner of, and chef at, Cactus Blue on the Beach. This funky food truck is one of Bonaire’s most popular eating establishments, and for good reason.
The always-friendly Hagen is undoubtedly doing his part to help Bonaire’s reefs. He hunts his own lionfish then skillfully serves them up in the form of his ever-popular lionfish burgers.
The word is out, and everyone wants this highly-coveted lunchtime favorite. But be forewarned, Hagen often sells out of lionfish well before noon. But you can still get one of his awesome wraps or kite burgers (he makes a fantastic veggie wrap) and consume it while staring at the turquoise sea and pondering your next dive.
Cactus Blue is currently located on E.E.G. Boulevard by the airport runway.