Perfect and Simple Mahi Mahi Recipe

Mahi Mahi with Lemon Butter Sauce in pan Tender, flaky, and flavorful fish is the result of following this Mahi Mahi recipe.

As a child, I was raised in a household where fish was a regular main course. We ate fish every weeknight, always prepared from scratch. Both whole fish and fillets were on the menu at my parents' house. Their fish dishes were prepared in a variety of ways, from braising to pan frying.

When I was young, I naively believed that everyone had a favorite fish dish. Then, alas, I learned the hard way that it wasn't even close to being accurate. (I have a sneaking suspicion that some people haven't found the ideal fish dish yet, but that's just a theory.) ) 😉

There are a lot of great fish recipes out there (hello, Sheet Pan Lemon Salmon! ), but this one is great for beginners because it's so simple. In just 20 minutes, you can have incredibly tender, flavorful food. People keep telling me that they can't believe I prepared this mahi mahi dish at home and that it tastes just like it did at the restaurant. And so can you!

The definition of Mahi Mahi

Although it shares no resemblance to dolphins, the Hawaiians gave the dorado, Coryphaena hippurus, the name "Mahi Mahi." That's because, like dolphins, this fish sometimes swims in a streamlined pattern. The Mahi Mahi is a pelagic fish that can be found in the waters of the Caribbean, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Mild in taste but with a firm, moist texture, mahi mahi is a popular fish for chefs to prepare in kitchens all over the world.

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How do you recommend cooking mahi mahi?

This recipe is great whether you're an expert fish-cooker or just want to start eating more fish. Like with this tried-and-true lemon garlic swordfish, we employ the stovetop-to-oven method of cooking, which results in a nicely browned exterior and a tender, flaky center.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to prepare this delicious fish:

  • Whether you opt for fresh or frozen, make sure to get high-quality mahi mahi. Wild mahi mahi is preferred because it has more flavor.
  • Make sure each piece of mahi you serve weighs 6-7 ounces and is at least an inch thick. Overcooking and improper seasoning are both consequences of serving sizes that are too small or too thin.
  • Always make sure the fish has been patted dry of any excess moisture; this step is crucial in determining how well the fish will brown. All excess moisture is removed with a paper towel.
  • Before adding the fish to the pan, make sure the oil is piping hot. Fast and even browning of the exterior is achieved.
  • Never reheat fish after placing it in a pan. rearranging it Give it 3 minutes to brown. Having a substantial splatter guard is helpful. I use mine frequently when frying in a pan.
  • Make sure your oven is nice and hot before transferring the mahi mahi from the stovetop to the oven. If you put it in the oven for 5 minutes, it will be ready.
Ingredients for Mahi Mahi Mahi Mahi Lemon Butter Sauce The lemon-garlic sauce is bursting with flavor.
mahi mahi fillets on cutting board Fillets of fish should be patted dry before cooking.

Recipe for Mahi-Mahi with Lemon-Basil Sauce

  • Lots of garlic, freshly minced, is required. Make sure you use plenty of garlic.
  • Take a single lemon, zest its peel, and extract its juice into a tablespoon. Don't waste your money on bottled lemon juice; fresh lemons are essential.
  • Salted pure butter is my preference, but real butter, salted or unsalted, will work here.
  • Chives, parsley, or both can be used as freshly chopped herbs.
  • One helpful hint is that the sauce can be made in advance, covered, and refrigerated until it is time to serve. In other words, this is a fantastic condiment to keep on hand.
Mahi Mahi with Lemon Butter Sauce in pan One-inch thick mahi mahi fillets should be used.

How to Pair Mahi Mahi with Side Dishes

This fish dish is a staple at our house, and it's perfect for any occasion. Serve this mahi mahi to your friends and watch their jaws drop if they are fans of high-end seafood restaurants. Fish takes only about 8 minutes to cook, and the Lemon Garlic Sauce can be made ahead of time.

Mahi Mahi with Lemon Butter Sauce on plate Whether it's with potatoes, rice, or a side of veggies, mahi mahi is a great meal.
Can you describe the flavor of Mahi Mahi fish?

The mild and delicate flavor of mahi mahi makes it one of the most sought-after fish at fine dining establishments. When done right, mahi mahi has a firm texture but is still moist and tender on the inside.

So, what does "mahi mahi" mean, exactly?

Hawaiians refer to dolphinfish as "Mahi Mahi." The dolphin fish is not related to any other fish.

Is there any way to alter the recipe so that it works with other fish?

Although mahi mahi is ideal for this dish, swordfish and cod are acceptable alternatives. It's important to use fish fillets that are at least an inch thick. Thinner fillets, like tilapia, aren't great for this dish.

Is it okay to use frozen mahi mahi fillets?

The answer is yes, frozen fillets can be used instead of their fresh counterparts. It's important to remember to thaw the fish fillets completely and pat them dry before using them. When finished draining, it's best to give everything a quick pat-down.

How come I need to dry the fish with paper towels before using it?

Dehydrating the raw fish fillets is a crucial step toward achieving a golden brown crust when cooking. Instead of browning, fish that has been overly moistened will steam, and it will not absorb seasonings nearly as well.

There Is Now More Food To Prepare And Enjoy

  • Pan-Seared Mahi Mahi with Mango Salsa & Avocados - The salsa is delicious on its own, but it pairs especially well with the mahi mahi. White fish can be cooked to be tender, flavorful, and flaky with little effort.  
  • Quick and Easy Lemon Butter Fish - Prepared with just a few simple ingredients, this dish is ready in 20 minutes. This recipe for white fish is both tasty and healthy. Enjoy with some rice and greens for a balanced midweek meal.
  • Black bean sauce fish is a staple of many Chinese restaurant menus. Succulent and delicious, this dish pairs wonderfully with rice. It's simple to prepare your own healthy and flavorful version at home.
  • This recipe for Crispy Baja Fish Tacos with Creamy Lime Sauce is sure to become a fast family favorite. They are a delicious and nutritious addition to any Tex-Mex meal.  
  • One of the best and easiest fish dishes to make is white fish with lemon butter sauce. The combination of garlic, butter, and lemon results in a dish that is both nutritious and delicious.
  • Salmon marinated in honey and lime juice before being grilled yields a dish that is equal parts sweet, savory, and tangy. What a wonderful and simple way to enjoy nutritious salmon.  
  • Cod is a healthy, lean fish that can be easily incorporated into your dinner rotation with this recipe for Lemon Butter Cod. This recipe for tender, flavorful cod can be whipped up in no time, making it ideal for weeknight dinners. This will quickly become a fan favorite.
Dorado, or Mahi Mahi, is a delicious and widely consumed fish. The perfect mahi mahi is moist, flaky, and flavorful. Incredible flavor comes from the combination of lemon and garlic in the butter.  
  • 2 TB the use of salted butter , cooled to a comfortable room temperature
  • 1 TB finely minced parsley or chives
  • 2 TB the individual cloves of garlic , minced
  • tsp table salt
  • ¼ tsp new black peppercorns
  • 1 TB the extract of a fresh lemon
  • 1 TB flaked lemon peel
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 4 Mahi-mahi fillets, 4 ounces each, 1 inch thick
  • using only kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Make sure the rack is in the center of the oven and set the temperature to 400 degrees F.
  • Ingredients for the Lemon Garlic Mixture (can be made ahead of time) should be combined in a small saucepan and stirred to combine. Set aside
  • To prepare the fish fillets, first use paper towels to absorb any remaining moisture. Be sure to remove as much moisture as possible before moving on. Coat fillets with a mixture of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside
  • Olive oil should be heated over high heat in a large ovenproof pan. Add the fish fillets to the hot oil and leave them alone for 3 minutes, or until they are browned on one side. Carefully turn the fish fillets over, then place the pan into the preheated oven.
  • Cook fish for 5 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Be careful not to overcook When the fish has one minute left in the oven, heat the prepared lemon-garlic mixture in a small pan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until melted and bubbly.
  • When fish is done cooking, remove from heat and pour mixture over it. Splash on some of the juices from the fish pan, too. Accent with additional lemon slices and serve.  
Make sure you use kosher salt, which is much coarser than regular table salt. It is common knowledge that fine salt is used in restaurants because it is much more salty than kosher salt. You can prepare the Lemon Garlic Sauce in advance and simply reheat it before serving. When pan frying, a large splatter guard is a useful accessory. It works wonders on stray drops of oil. Please rate this recipe if you've tried it.
Calories: 193 kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.1 g | Protein: 20 g | Fat: 13 g | Trans Fats: 4.6 g | Cholesterol: 67.4 mg | Sodium: 124.4 mg

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