If you love whitefish, these 19 Mahi Mahi recipes should be on your list of must-try fish dishes in this category. 🐟
Mahi Mahi is a truly versatile fish to cook, as this list of 19 Mahi Mahi recipes will show you.
Before we give you any of these yummy recipes, let’s get to know this fish a little better.
Mahi Mahi fish can be found worldwide, mostly in tropical and subtropical waters.
It goes by a couple of other names, like dorado and dolphinfish.
Mahi Mahi is its Hawaiian name, and it got this moniker to stop people from thinking that what they’re eating is its mammalian namesake.
The flesh of this fish is firm, yet when cooked, it takes on a flaky and soft texture.
It has a mild flavor, which helps it easily absorb marinades and sauces really well.
When cooking this fish, however, some care should be exercised.
Since the meat of this fish is pretty lean, timing the cooking just right is imperative.
Overcooking can result in a dried-out, cardboard-like textured fish.
When baking, the usual amount of time to cook Mahi Mahi is around 15 to 20 minutes.
When grilling, 5 to 10 minutes on each side will do, as long as you begin with a hot grill.
As for pan frying or searing, make sure that your pan is smoking hot before placing your fish in it.
Proper searing or pan-frying requires that you cook this fish for 4 minutes undisturbed on each side.
You can serve this fish as is or with toppings, sauces, and complementary side dishes.
Some great examples of Mahi Mahi recipes that have toppings include Parmesan Herb Mahi Mahi and Walnut Crusted Mahi Mahi.
The saucy recipes on this list include the Mediterranean-inspired Baked Mahi Mahi With Tomatoes & Olives as well as the Hawaiian Style Mahi Mahi.
For quick and easy fish recipes, check out #4 and #11.
Are you ready to cook your Mahi Mahi?
Let’s get down to it!
Grilling is a good cooking method to use on Mahi Mahi.
This is because this fish has firm yet flaky flesh that holds up well when grilled.
Paired with a sweet and tangy salsa, you get a whole wealth of flavors in one dish!
If you don’t like pineapple, you can make this salsa with either apples or mangoes.
Here’s another grilled Mahi Mahi recipe for you to enjoy!
Sweet and tangy are the primary flavors of this dish, with honey and lime marinade.
The addition of chili powder and red pepper flakes lends a spicy kick to these filets.
Want to try a paella that isn’t overloaded with too many different meats?
This Mahi Mahi Paella is what you’re looking for!
You get intense flavors but without too many different ingredients crowding the dish!
Craving for fish tacos?
Mahi Mahi is a good fish to use for tacos and other Mexican-style fish dishes!
This recipe uses a pan-fried version of the fish as opposed to the grilled ones most fish taco recipes use.
The blackened part of this fish dish comes from the spices that darken when they’re cooked.
Spices included in this recipe are cayenne, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and dried herbs.
You can make your own blackening spice mix or buy one that’s ready-made for this plate.
This is sometimes called Cajun Mahi Mahi due to the mixture of spices that are used in this dish.
If you’re avoiding ceviche because of the idea of eating raw fish, here are some facts that may change your mind.
People think that ceviche is a dish that consists of raw fish or seafood meat.
Technically, the Mahi Mahi used in this dish is indeed added raw.
But the fish is actually cooked by the acids of the citrus used in the marinade.
Just make sure to cut the fish into bite-sized pieces and soak it for the right amount of time.
The Mediterranean flavor of this dish comes from the mixture of spices and the sauce.
It’s topped with a mix of Kalamata olives, capers, and tomatoes.
Garnish with additional lemon slices and some cherry tomatoes before serving.
Sweet, salty, tangy, and loaded with umami is what you get with this dish!
With a three-step cooking process, this is also a dish that’s relatively easy to make.
Serve with a bowl of rice or some buttered vegetables and you’re good to go!
Another fruity recipe you can try with Mahi Mahi is this one!
You can flavor your fish two ways with this recipe–marinate for a few hours or pour the sauce over the fish while cooking.
For a more tropical flavor, you can also add other fruits to this, such as pineapple or lychee.
Crusty and salty on the outside, soft and flaky on the inside!
That’s what you get when you cook this recipe perfectly.
Partner with an assortment of roasted vegetables or mashed potatoes for a complete meal!
Simple is one word that can be used to describe this dish.
That doesn’t mean however that it’s not as tasty or as flavorful as the other dishes on this list!
Lemony, buttery, and herb-y are the flavors you get when you try this recipe out.
If you’re looking for Asian flavors, this is the perfect Mahi Mahi recipe to try.
The combination of ingredients in this dish can transport you from your home to Thailand!
To ensure the proper development of flavors, a few hours of marinating is needed for this dish.
Here’s our list of great side dishes for mahi mahi too!
Are you in the mood for Italian-style fish?
Piccata is usually cooked with chicken or veal, but this version uses Mahi Mahi.
Saucy and savory, this dish is also buttery with lemony notes.
The capers in this recipe are also a delight since it gives you bursts of saltiness when you bite into one!
The spice mix used in this recipe will transport you across the world to Greece!
Garlicky, herby, and peppery are flavors that are associated with this dish.
If you’re in a hurry to enjoy this fish, you’ll be happy to know this is one of those Mahi Mahi recipes that doesn’t require you to marinate for too long.
Just soak the fish for under an hour and you’re ready to cook!
If you want your Mahi Mahi to be super moist, this is one cooking method you should try.
En Papillote means to be cooked wrapped in paper.
This helps the fish retain lots of moisture and also locks in lots of flavors.
This cooking method also lets you cook your vegetables together with your fish, saving you some time.
Crunchy, nutty, and buttery!
That’s what you can expect with this Mahi Mahi recipe.
You can also add flaky, light, and coconutty to that description.
If you don’t like walnuts, you can always substitute them with other nuts, like macadamia or almonds.
Curry comes in three levels of hotness–green, yellow, and red.
This recipe, however, uses red curry paste, which makes it a fiery-hot dish!
If you want milder curry, you can substitute it with yellow or green curry paste.
You can also omit the dried red hot chilis in this dish.
Planning on having a barbecue?
This is one recipe to add to your barbecue list.
No need to prepare this ahead of time since all it takes to infuse flavor into the Mahi Mahi is to marinate it for 30 minutes prior to grilling.
You can top this fish off with your favorite coleslaw or make the sandwich BLT-style.
Another great way to cook fish, like this Mahi Mahi, is to poach it.
In this recipe, the poaching liquid is a spicy, tomato-based broth that can be as hot or as mild as you want it to be.
Want it spicier?
Add more red pepper flakes or a hotter pepper (like a Scotch bonnet) to the liquid.
The bottom line
When you’re in the mood for a flaky and flavorful fish meal, any of these Mahi Mahi recipes are worth a try.
Choose from grilled, fried, stewed, baked, and poached options.
You can also make the choice based on the flavors you want your fish to have.
Spicy, sweet, savory, tangy, buttery, herby–you name it, there’s a recipe for it!
So, the next time you’re fortunate enough to come across fresh Mahi Mahi in your nearest supermarket, don’t worry about not knowing what to do with it!
Dig through this list and find that there’s a recipe that will fit the kind of flavor profile you’re craving!
- Grilled Mahi Mahi With Pineapple Salsa
- Honey Lime Mahi Mahi
- Mahi Mahi Paella
- Mahi Mahi Tacos
- Blackened Mahi Mahi
- Mahi Mahi Ceviche
- Baked Mahi Mahi With Tomatoes & Olives
- Ginger Glazed Oven Baked Mahi Mahi
- Hawaiian Style Mahi Mahi
- Parmesan Herb Mahi Mahi
- Pan Seared Mahi Mahi With Basil Butter
- Thai Baked Mahi Mahi
- Mahi Mahi Piccata
- Greek-Style Baked Mahi Mahi
- Mahi Mahi En Papillote
- Walnut Crusted Mahi Mahi
- Mahi Mahi Fish Curry
- Beer Marinated Mahi Mahi Sandwich
- Spicy Caribbean Mahi Mahi
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