The Best Way To Cook Mahi Mahi [TOP RECIPES]
By: Joseph Simonds on July 3, 2016
Aka “Get In My Belly“!!!
It’s no mystery that Mahi Mahi is one of the most delicious and popular fish to eat in America (and even worldwide… except for China… those folks are into some pretty weird things when it comes to seafood… weird things like “Salt and Pepper Pissing Shrimp, Shark Fin Soup, and Fish Maw Soup – fish maw is the internal swim bladder of a fish… I couldn’t make this stuff up! But I digress…)
In fact, I would be willing to bet the top 3 most popular fish consumed in American restaurants and homes are Grouper, Snapper, and Mahi Mahi.
Heck, even shark can’t resist biting into some fresh mahi from time to time…
So in this how-to cooking post, not only will we cover the best way to cook Mahi Mahi, but I will be showing you the very best Mahi Mahi Recipes, and even taking you along the entire path of the Mahi from boat cooler to kitchen.
In other words, you will learn how to get…
From This Mahi…
Or These Mahi Mahi…
To This Mahi…
To This Mahi
Or This Mahi…
To This Mahi…
Or This Mahi…
Or This Mahi…
Oh Snap! Who’s Ready To Eat Now?
First and foremost, let’s talk about the proper way to store your Mahi, and then how to clean your Mahi. Because if you don’t have the Mahi cut and prepared correctly, it can have severely hurt your chances of guests coming up to you and kissing your hand for serving them the best meal of their lives…
We have brought in our friend Peter Miller of Peter Miller Fishing to give a few cleaning and storing tips on Mahi Mahi.
The Main Takeaway: Always keep your dolphin (Mahi) on lots of ice before cleaning the fish. Not only does the ice keep the fish fresh, but cold fish meat is much easier to clean than a fish that has been sitting on the dock or in a warm live well.
Now let’s get into the tasty stuff!
Assuming you have the Mahi filets all cleaned off and ready for cooking, let’s dig in.
The Best Mahi Mahi Recipes (With Videos)
1. Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi
This is one of the most popular ways to cook Mahi Mahi, and people will be calling you “The next Top Chef” after they taste this outstanding Mahi recipe.
This entire recipe (including preparation and cooking) takes 37 minutes, and you can print out all of the steps and the full list of ingredients here for the Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi.
And please enjoy the video recipe below.
2. Grilled Mahi Mahi with Spicy Chili Mango Sauce
This is for those of you that like a little spice with your fish.
You will also get to see how to grill Mahi Mahi in this video also.
And this entire recipe (including preparation and cooking) takes 40 minutes, and you can print out all of the steps and see the full ingredients for the Grilled Mahi Mahi with spicy Mango sauce here.
3. Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos
If you don’t like fish tacos then I can only assume you hate puppies also…
I mean, who doesn’t like tacos stuffed with fresh fish?
Either way, with these Mahi tacos I will be sharing two different ways to prepare them.
The first is from our friends over at How to BBQ Right, and I think many of you men will like this version.
Here are the notes and the step-by-step instructions for these Manly Mahi Tacos:
To add some flavor to my grilled Mahi Mahi fish, I use a marinade that consists of:
1/4 cup Fresh Lime Juice
2 TBS Oil (Olive, Vegetable, or Canola will work)
1 TBS Honey
1/4 tea cayenne pepper
pinch of salt
Whisk these ingredients together in a bowl. Place the Mahi Mahi fish in a zip lock bag and pour the marinade over it and place the bag in the refrigerator for 45min to 1 hour.
After 45 minutes remove the Mahi Mahi fish from the refrigerator and dust each side of the Mahi Mahi with the Blackened seasoning which consists of:
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons lemon pepper
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon cumin
The cook time for Mahi Mahi is fast. And the trick to grilling perfect fish is to have a well-greased cooking surface.
Place the Mahi Mahi fish on the grate and set a timer for 1 ½ minutes, twist the fish a quarter turn. Time it for another 1 ½ minutes then give it a gentle turn to the opposite side. Set the timer for 1 ½ minutes once again. That’s when you glaze the grilled fish Mahi Mahi with a Honey Lime Glaze:
2 TBS Lime Juice
2 TBS Olive Oil
1 TBS Rice Wine Vinegar
1 TBS Honey
Salt and Pepper
Add the lime juice, vinegar, and honey to a bowl. While whisking slowly add the olive oil. Throw in a pinch of salt and pepper to balance the flavor.
After three more minutes the Mahi is ready to come off the grill and enjoy your grilled Mahi Mahi fish tacos.
Mahi Taco Recipe #2 – Soft Mahi Tacos With Ginger Lime Dressing
The full recipe (including preparation and cooking) takes a full hour, but is well worth the wait.
Click Here to get the step-by-step instructions for these Mahi Tacos.
4. Mahi Mahi Ceviche
This Mahi Ceviche is one of the best seafood appetizers you can impress your guests with (at least in my opinion).
The only bad news is that it takes upwards of 1 hour and 30 minutes to have fully ready to serve, but trust me, the wait is well worth it.
To get the full ingredient list and step-by-step instructions, click here.
The Best Mahi Mahi Recipes (Without Videos)
The following Mahi Recipes were too enticing to leave off the list, even if they didn’t have “Recipe Videos” like the prior Mahi dishes did.
Great news is you still get an idea of what the finished product looks like, and I have provided a direct link for the full recipe, step-by-step instructions, and all of the ingredients for each Mahi recipe below.
5. Mahi Mahi Rockefeller
Slap me sideways, I am dying to try this Mahi recipe!
Although it might be one of the heavier Mahi recipes in terms of calories, you can’t go wrong when you combine Mahi with oysters, bacon, butter, and cheese on top!
Total cook and prep time combined: 1 hour and 5 minutes
Click Here to get the step-by-step recipe instructions and the ingredients for Mahi Rockefeller.
6. Sesame Crusted Mahi Mahi with Soy Shiso Ginger Butter Sauce
Pan seared and nothing but delicious!
This is what happens when Mahi Mahi fuses with Japanese cooking! Your guests won’t know what hit their taste buds after they have this Mahi dish.
And it only takes 35 minutes from start to finish!
Click Here to get the full Sesame Mahi Recipe including ingredients and step-by-step instructions.
7. Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi
I am a huge fan of anything with Macadamia nuts, so this Mahi Recipe has my name all over it!
Total bake time and prep time is a combined 1 hour and 20 minutes, but well worth the wait in my opinion.
Click Here to get the full recipe including ingredients and step-by-step instructions for the Macadamia Mahi!
The next time you catch a dolphin (aka Mahi Mahi), don’t try to serve it up (or eat it) as quick as you can using boring old Mahi recipes…
Spice it up a little!
Take your time, do some preparation, and make your family and guests light up with smiles over your awesome Mahi flavors that they will be talking about for years!
Hopefully, these Mahi Mahi Recipes were helpful and you are able to recreate some of them soon. Don’t hesitate to comment about any other Mahi recipe favorites that we might have left off.
Finally, as you have probably realized, there is no SINGLE best way to cook Mahi Mahi, but then again there is no reason you can’t have a favorite… let us know which Mahi recipe is your favorite in the comments!
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