If you want to know what to serve with Mahi Mahi, pull up this list of recipe inspiration to help you get started—and create your own new favorite side dishes!
So you come home excited with pink, thick fillets of Mahi Mahi from your local grocery store.
Finally, a less expensive alternative to halibut for those whitefish recipes you can’t wait to try.
And it’s packed with protein yet low on calories.
Now, what pairs perfectly with this sweet, mild-tasting whitefish?
Yes, contrary to its Hawaiian definition meaning “strong-strong,” Mahi Mahi tastes milder than salmon with the texture of swordfish.
Mahi Mahi absorbs flavors well, making it a versatile ingredient that goes well with bread, pasta, rice, veggies, and fruits.
Herbs and seasonings like garlic powder, pepper, dried thyme, parsley, onion powder, and paprika bring to life the tasty flavors of Mahi Mahi.
Consider these herbs when thinking about what to serve with Mahi Mahi.
Zesty and sweet fruits and vegetables will also liven up whitefish like mahi-mahi.
Whether you grill, broil, bake, pan sear, or fry Mahi Mahi, it will surely go well with roasted vegetables and salads.
Below are some exciting ideas that will pair perfectly with your choice of fish.
We have recipes for those who have plenty of time in the kitchen eager to whip up fancy dishes like Lemon Brown Rice With Garlic & Thyme and Creamed Spinach.
There are easy recipes here for those in a hurry, like Air fryer Asparagus and even the Italian dish Cacio e Pepe cooks in surprisingly less time.
If you’re looking for something refreshing, check out #21.
For your main meal, pair your Mahi Mahi with this white rice recipe with an added zing.
It’s perfect when you don’t want to overpower the flavors of your steamed Mahi Mahi.
The entire cooking process is finished within half an hour, but prep time is really just around 5 minutes.
If you don’t want to use chicken broth, feel free to swap the recipe with vegetable stock.
Most of the ingredients are readily found in every well-stocked pantry.
There’s butter, garlic, and lemon juice which always go well together.
Season with black pepper and fresh cilantro for that extra kick.
This appetizer is great on its own as well as paired with fried Mahi Mahi.
It’s a quick, tasty pair for when unexpected guests come over.
This party hit makes use of pizza dough (yes, you can use store-bought).
The seasonings are pretty easy and colorful, too.
There’s dried parsley and red pepper flakes.
Garlic powder and parmesan cheese make these breadsticks even more delectable.
Sprinkle with olive oil, bake for 7-8 minutes and serve as is or with ranch dressing.
Here’s a keto-friendly recipe that will maximize the high-protein, low-carb Mahi Mahi.
Trade your traditional rice for riced cauliflower.
Want to get in your MCT oils too?
Lucky for you, this recipe calls for a lot of coconut!
You’ll need coconut milk, coconut oil, and even coconut flakes.
Plate the cauliflower rice with grilled Mahi Mahi on top and some salsa.
Zucchini noodles are another low-carb side dish that will go well with the equally low-carb Mahi Mahi.
If you’ve never made zoodles, we linked a nifty guide that talks all about zucchini noodles–how to make them, what to avoid, and which spiralizer to use.
You’ll need some fat with unsalted butter or olive oil.
This basic zucchini noodles recipe calls for just sea salt and black pepper to taste.
It’s sure to go well with any Mahi Mahi recipe as a side dish that won’t steal the limelight away from the flavors of your fish dish.
Learn how to freeze zoodles in this FAQ guide!
We can’t get enough of these low-carb side dishes, so here’s one more…
This versatile side dish won’t overpower any Mahi Mahi recipe, rather will complement it perfectly.
Roasted side dishes always taste great with white fish.
This one doesn’t use starch-heavy spaghetti noodles.
Instead, like zucchini noodles, it uses techniques to make squash appear longer with strands.
The downside is you’ll need at least an hour and 10 minutes to achieve this recipe.
Here’s a brown rice take on the first recipe on this list.
Instead of white rice, you can use brown rice, but the cooking time will at least double to 1 hour and 15 minutes.
This rice dish used vegetable stock with the added flavors of thyme, garlic, lemon juice, and red chili flakes for a kick.
A spicy-sour, herby side dish like this will take your simple mahi-mahi recipe up a notch.
It’s a great match for steamed, grilled, or fried Mahi Mahi, where you want to truly enjoy the natural flavors of the fish.
Fluffy, colorful, with a hint of sweetness–this is exactly the recipe that’s a great partner for this white fish which also leans towards the sweet side.
Couscous absorbs the flavors of the herbs very well.
If you make Mahi Mahi with sauce, it will surely embrace the saucy goodness as well.
It’s a fiesta of colors and flavors with green peas, sweet corn, bell pepper, turmeric, and curry.
It’s a quick dish you can make for dinner, too–20 minutes tops.
8. Bahama Penne
Here’s another dinner recipe you can make for when you’re tired but still want to eat well.
Satisfy your pasta-and-fish cravings with this recipe with all the island feels.
The entire recipe combines seared Mahi Mahi, penne pasta, and salsa.
Cook in around 35 minutes, and you’ve just finished your main dish.
9. Cacio E Pepe
Were you craving something more Italian?
This warm, cheesy pasta dish without cream uses only six ingredients and is done in 20 minutes.
The dish is great with vegetables and white fish that’s either buttery or has that lemony zing to it.
10. Creamed Spinach
Here’s an easy, cheesy side dish that’s anything but bland.
This cheesy recipe is packed with grated parmesan cheese.
Plus, you can throw it in the skillet and have it ready for dinner.
When you’re home, you can simply sear Mahi Mahi for a few minutes and enjoy this creamy spinach best enjoyed when fresh.
This quick recipe goes beyond the traditional potato mash with an assortment of chopped root vegetables.
You can use carrots, turnips, celery root, and parsnips–a lot of them.
Then, prepare it like a good old mash with heavy cream, unsalted butter, and some seasonings.
It’s great with pan-fried and seared Mahi Mahi without overpowering flavors.
Radishes and cheese?
This home cook teaches us it’s possible to trade carb-heavy potatoes with quartered radishes, bacon, onions, and then cheese sauce.
It just needs a little more cooking time, making it a good meal to try over the weekend when you pick up that fresh Mahi Mahi from your local grocery.
The good thing about Mahi Mahi is its mild taste and versatility, making it pair well with a lot of side dishes.
This salad, when put together, has just the right kick in it with the combination of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors.
You can add some crumbled queso towards the end–a great side dish to seared and baked fish.
This flavorful salad packs the flavor and color that will liven up your whitefish.
The sauce has balsamic vinegar and pomegranate molasses.
Throw it on a salad of beets, carrots, parsley, pomegranate arils, and pumpkin seeds, and you instantly level up your Mahi Mahi dish.
Do you like chilled salads to go with your Mahi Mahi?
Here’s a quick one you can put together for lunch or dinner.
Mahi Mahi recipes will brighten up with this salad of brussels sprouts, green apple, dried cranberries, and pine nuts.
The dressing adds the citrus pop to your Mahi Mahi dish with lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and fresh lemon juice.
Seafood always goes well with tropical fruits.
This fruit salsa is quick and easy to make.
Take your chunks of papaya and mango, and add some red onion, chopped jalapeno, cilantro, and lime.
Season to taste and dine like you’re in the tropics as you enjoy this dish with Mahi Mahi.
The bottom line
Mahi Mahi is a versatile, lean fish.
It’s a great base for many side dishes, from unique rice dishes and keto-friendly alternatives to pasta and bread.
Roasted vegetables and fruit salsa will make your Mahi Mahi dishes more exciting.
With so many side dishes to try, you may have Mahi Mahi more often–whether for a quick weekday meal or a scrumptious recipe to cap the weekend.
Either way, enjoy!
More about Mahi Mahi
- Buttery Lemon Cilantro Rice
- Garlic Parmesan Breadsticks
- Coconut Cauliflower Rice
- Spaghetti Squash
- Lemon Brown Rice With Garlic & Thyme
- Curried Couscous
- Bahama Penne
- Cacio E Pepe
- Creamed Spinach
- Loaded Mashed Potatoes
- Root Vegetable Mash
- Air Fryer Asparagus
- Keto Radish Au Gratin
- Chili Lime Sweet Corn Salad
- Beet Detox Salad With Pomegranate Vinaigrette
- Avocado Salsa
- Cranberry Apple Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
- Mango Jalapeño Salad
- Peach & Nectarine Salsa
- Tropical Mango Papaya Fruit Salsa
- Find your favorite recipe from our What To Serve With Mahi Mahi list.
- Gather all the ingredients needed.
- Start cooking and make us proud!