Mahi Mahi Recipe

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Mahi Mahi Recipe


Mahi mahi, a firm and lean fish from warm tropical waters, is a hidden gem. It’s a fantastic, more affordable alternative to halibut. You can grill, broil, or even fry it, but tonight we’re going for a simple pan-seared approach that lets the fish’s flavor and flaky texture take center stage. And the best part? A buttery, lemony sauce that gets cooked right in the pan!

This recipe is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. All you need is a side salad or some roasted veggies to round things out, along with some bread or rice to soak up that delicious sauce. Here’s how to turn mahi mahi into a delightful meal:

Finding Your Perfect Catch

Look for mahi mahi, also known as dolphinfish, in the seafood section. It’s usually sold as skinless fillets and is considered a sustainable choice according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch list. Frozen options are widely available, and Costco even offers a handy 3-pound pack if you’re looking to stock up. If mahi mahi isn’t on hand, a meaty white fish like swordfish, halibut, or snapper makes a great substitute.

Pan-Searing Secrets

Just like with any other stovetop fish recipe, a non-stick or cast iron pan is your best friend to prevent sticking. Here are a few key things to remember:

  • Heat it Up, Dry it Out: For a beautiful brown crust, get your pan nice and hot (almost smoking!) and pat the fish dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  • The Sear is Key: Similar to cooking salmon, let the first side cook undisturbed for a good sear. Then, flip it over and cook for a shorter time on the other side.
  • Lemon Love: Once the fish is cooked, add some lemon juice, garlic, and salt. Don’t forget to scrape up those tasty browned bits from the bottom of the pan – that’s flavor gold! Throw in some lemon slices for extra zest and a beautiful presentation.
  • Buttery Bliss: Finish the sauce with a pat of butter, but don’t overcook it. We just want it melted and swirled in. Fresh parsley adds a pop of color and freshness. Pour that gorgeous sauce over the fish and prepare to be amazed.

Serving Up Sunshine

The simple sauce is bursting with flavor, so the mahi mahi doesn’t need much more. But hey, who can resist some crusty bread, fluffy rice, or creamy mashed potatoes to soak up every last drop? The lemon slices soften in the pan, offering a delightful contrast to the flaky fish and buttery sauce. Feel free to add a green side dish like asparagus or green beans to complete this healthy and flavorful meal.

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Mahi Mahi Recipe

Mahi Mahi Recipe

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Mahi mahi, a firm and lean fish from warm tropical waters, is a hidden gem. It’s a fantastic, more affordable alternative to halibut.

  • Total Time: 25 minutes


  • Lemon (1)
  • Mahi Mahi fillets (4, 4-6 oz each)
  • Salt (1 1/4 tsp + extra)
  • Pepper
  • Olive Oil (2 tbsp)
  • Garlic (1 clove, minced)
  • Butter (4 tbsp, cold, cubed)
  • Parsley (1 tbsp, chopped)


  1. Prep: Cut lemon in half. Slice half and juice the other (about 1.5 tbsp). Pat mahi mahi dry, season with 1 tsp salt and pepper.
  2. Sear: Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat until hot. Sear mahi mahi for 4 minutes per side, until cooked through and flaky. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Sauce: Reduce heat to low, add lemon juice, garlic, and remaining salt. Scrape browned bits from the pan.
  4. Finish: Add lemon slices and butter one piece at a time, stirring until melted. Remove from heat, stir in parsley and season with extra salt/pepper if needed. Pour sauce over mahi mahi and serve immediately.
  • Author: Mekar Official
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20


  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 289
  • Sugar: 0.4 g
  • Sodium: 417.3 mg
  • Fat: 19.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.0 g
  • Fiber: 0.6 g
  • Protein: 26.6 g


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