This is a fish that is becoming increasingly popular among those who want an alternative to salmon, which can be very expensive and even dangerous for the environment. The breed is a type of dolphin fish, but it is not related to the mammal with the same name - they just look similar. The name is a Hawaiian word, and it means “strong” exactly like the flavor of this fish.
Its meat is tender and a bit flaky since it’s a white fish. It can be seasoned with any spice and is mostly served after some fresh lemon juice has been squeezed on top of it. Mahi Mahi has a hearty type of meat that can be quickly marinated, unlike other types. You can put it on a grill, boil it or even deep fry it.
The breed is praised for the fact that it is ideal to be used in light recipes and for those who are on a weight-loss diet. And since they mostly come from pristine waters, it means the fish will be healthy and without any preservatives or chemicals. Just double check the source you’re buying it from, to ensure it is fresh and not foul.
It will provide you with a lot of protein, which can be useful for your muscles and your immune system. And it is also rich in the essential omega oils like most fish are. It is a perfect alternative to red meat, especially if you suffer from a disease like gout.
After you’re done researching this fantastic fish and the benefits that it can bring to the table, we have listed a few of our favorite recipes for you to try out. Check your local market to see if they have this fish available for sale, and let yourself experience the extraordinary flavor that will make you feel like you are eating something genuinely healthy.
Grilled Mahi Mahi with salsa
This four servings recipe takes around one hour to make, and it can be simple to prepare if you follow the instructions. You can adjust the ingredients yourself based on your preferences, and it will still turn out delicious. The main ingredients for the salsa are one avocado, two tomatoes, one cup of minced onion, one lime and salt according to your taste. Additionally, if you’re allergic to any of the ingredients, you can replace them with something that has the same taste.
You will also need one pound of Mahi Mahi, virgin olive oil, half a spoon of kosher salt, and you can also add extra ingredients like pepper and cilantro if you want and if you feel it needs more of a kick. The beauty of the recipe is that it can be modified and personalized by anyone since most people prefer adding their personal touch to the art of food making.
First you have to marinate the fish with salt and oil in a nonreactive bowl. Leave it there for about 20 minutes, and meanwhile, you can prepare the salsa, so you have it ready when the fish is done. You can store the salsa in the fridge if you have cooked it before the fish has marinated. After the fish is done, you are ready for the next step.
To grill the fillets you need to prepare coal to heat the grill up. Or if you want a healthier alternative that is just as tasty, you can cook the fish with the help of a boiler for around ten minutes per side. To finish, just put the fish on the plates and add salsa on top of it. You can it eat hot right off the grill or cold, and you can even prepare a side salad to enhance visuals of the recipe.
Caribbean Mahi Mahi with chutney
This is something for those who enjoy exotic foods, and who are not scared by an explosion of flavor. The fish is not only amazing when it comes to its taste, but it is also very healthy.
If you’re on a diet, this will help you stay in shape while providing you with all the nutrients and vitamins that your ever-changing body needs to stay healthy and to fight bacteria and other aggressive factors.
There are not that many ingredients that you need for this recipe, and feel free to change them as you see fit. To cook it you will need two cups of water, whole grain rice that can be from any brand you trust, half a cup of sweetened coconut milk, one cup of canned beans of any color and shape, and one onion. Moreover, of course, you will need one pound of sliced Mahi Mahi.
To season everything you need one-half a teaspoon of salt and pepper, dried thyme, virgin olive oil, mango chutney, one peeled scallion and fresh cilantro. There isn’t a standard quantity that you can use, but instead, you can adjust the amount of spice to fit your particular taste and cultural background.
Boil two cups of water in a saucepan and drop the rice after the water has reached the ideal temperature. Boil it for ten minutes and add the coconut milk, and let it simmer for a few minutes. Add the spices to the mix and then boil everything for another three minutes.
Turn off the stove and add the beans, and stir everything and set the saucepan aside. After that, broil the seasoned fish for five minutes and when you’re done, combine it with the chutney and the rice mix.
Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi
If you want a stellar recipe to impress your guests with, look no further. This is an Asian fish recipe, and it combines exotic flavors with a healthy type of fish, things which will transform it into your next favorite dish. The chunky texture of the Mahi Mahi meat goes well with the honey and lime flavors, and the best part is that this food is not heavy but rather light and savory, almost like a salad.
Before you start the whole thing, make sure you have the following ingredients: half of a cup of soy sauce, freshly squeezed lime juice, two tablespoons of organic honey, red ground pepper, one tablespoon of canola oil, sesame oil, and a few garlic cloves. You can also add minced ginger and salt. More importantly, don’t forget about the Mahi Mahi fillets.
To begin with, you have to tear the skin off the fish so the spices can get into the meat quickly. Then mix the soy sauce with the lime juice and the honey in a small bowl until it becomes a homogeneous mix. You can also add the ground pepper, or you can leave it so you can add flavor to the meat. Afterwards, heat the canola and the sesame oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the ginger and the smashed garlic, and cook everything until it boils.
Soon after that, add the fish and cook it for another five minutes. The last thing the recipe requires you to do is to turn the fish with a spatula, cook for another five minutes, and next put the fish on your plates. Add the sides and other garnishes, and then you’re ready to enjoy a delicious meal with your family.
Cornmeal-crusted Mahi Mahi
Kids will love you for this healthy treat. It is quick to make and it’s ideal for house parties or picnics with your family and friends. If you have twenty minutes at your disposal, give this recipe a try and see for yourself just how finger-licking good it is. It is created for eight servings, which is more than enough for an entire family.
To prepare it you just need a few ingredients that are found in most households. You will need two pounds of Mahi Mahi fillets which you will further cut into six pieces, one tablespoon of garlic powder or smashed garlic, ground black pepper and salt according to your taste. To the list add one cup of flour, one half of buttermilk, a larger container of cornmeal and one of canola oil.
After you’re done gathering the ingredients, start by cutting the fish into equal strips. Combine the garlic with the pepper, and add the salt to the mix. Sprinkle the fish with the result of that combination. In separate bowls for each ingredient add the flour, cornmeal, and the buttermilk. Then dip the fish in each one of them, removing the excess with gentle shakes.
For the last step, you will have to heat the oil in a skillet. Add half of the dipped fish and cook each side for about two minutes, until it reaches that appealing golden shade. Remove the fresh fish from the pan and add it on a decorated plate. Cook the remaining fish and repeat the process mentioned above. To top it off, you can sprinkle the fish with some salt or with fresh lemon juice. Additionally, you can prepare any sauce that your family prefers.