Greetings to all seafood enthusiasts in Africa! We are thrilled to introduce you to a true gem of the ocean, Ruvettus pretiosus, commonly known as Oilfish. As your trusted seafood supplier, we are excited to share with you the unique characteristics, culinary wonders, and health benefits that this extraordinary fish offers. Additionally, we’ll explore how Ruvettus pretiosus differs from its close relative, Escolar (Lepidocybium flavobrunneum). 

Characteristics and Appearance 

Ruvettus pretiosus, or Oilfish, is a remarkable deep-sea species with distinct characteristics: 

Appearance: This species boasts an elongated, cylindrical body, featuring a striking dark blue-black coloration on its upper side and a contrasting silver or white hue on its underside. Its elegant appearance adds a touch of sophistication to any seafood presentation. 

Size: Oilfish is known to grow impressively large, with some individuals reaching lengths of over six feet (2 meters). Its size makes it a centerpiece of culinary artistry. 

 Range and Population 

Ruvettus pretiosus inhabits the world’s tropical and subtropical oceans, including the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. While it roams deep waters, often found at depths ranging from 200 meters (656 feet) to 800 meters (2,625 feet), its population size can vary by region. However, it’s essential to note that this species is a hidden treasure, not as commonly known as some other fish species. 

Distinguishing Ruvettus Pretiosus from Escolar

Ruvettus pretiosus and Escolar (Lepidocybium flavobrunneum) are often confused due to their similar appearances and high oil content. Here are the key differences between these two: 

Flesh Color: 

Flesh colors are similar  – from creamy-white to pinky pale-yellow gamma 

Oil Composition: 

Oilfish’s oil is primarily composed of wax esters. 

Escolar’s oil contains gempylotoxin, a substance known to cause digestive issues in some individuals, often referred to as “the escolar or oily fish diarrhea effect.” This effect is not associated with Oilfish. 

Culinary Use and Health Benefits 

Embrace the culinary and health benefits of Ruvettus pretiosus: 

Exceptional Flavor: Oilfish is renowned for its rich, buttery flavor and succulent texture, offering a gourmet experience for seafood connoisseurs. 

Culinary Versatility: Whether grilled, broiled, pan-fried, or served as sushi, Oilfish adapts beautifully to various culinary techniques, allowing you to create unforgettable dishes. 

Nutrient-Rich: Oilfish is a source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, high-quality protein, and essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D, vitamin B12, and selenium. 

Product Availability

For your convenience, we offer Ruvettus pretiosus in various forms: 

  • HGT (Headed, Gutted, and Tailed): The whole fish experience, ensuring a pristine and ready-to-cook product. 
  • Fillet: Expertly prepared boneless fillets, combining convenience with premium quality. 
  • Portions: Consistent serving sizes that simplify meal planning and preparation. 

Ruvettus pretiosus, the Oilfish, is not just a seafood delicacy; it’s a culinary treasure with unique attributes, flavor, and potential health benefits. As your trusted seafood supplier, we are committed to bringing this extraordinary fish to your table, enabling you to savor its distinctive taste and explore its culinary versatility.

 At Boni Seafood, we offer custom-tailored supply solutions that meet your specific needs. Let us know your preferences, and we’ll craft a supply plan just for you.
While our pricing is primarily based on a 25 MT lot, we accommodate smaller container orders. Our product range includes Escolar, Oilfish, Swordfish, Mahi Mahi, Ocean Shrimps, and more, allowing for customizable orders to meet your specific needs


Contact us today to place your order and embark on a gastronomic journey with Ruvettus pretiosus. Elevate your culinary repertoire while enjoying the health benefits that come with every sumptuous bite. This exquisite jewel of the deep sea awaits your discovery.