The meat of the bonito fish is edible, but the skin is not. The bonito's meat is pink in color and resembles some species of tuna.
The bonito fish is often baked, pickled or grilled, but is not sold in the United States as of 2015. This species of fish has a moderate fat content and is slightly salty in taste. There are eight species of bonito fish, and many are found in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. In some countries, the bonito is sold as a type of tuna. Smoking the bonito over wood chips is a popular way to prepare the fish.