Growing up on the West Coast, I ate a lot of salmon … and rainbow trout … and Dungeness crab … and, well, a lot of different seafood abundant to the region. I also ate mahi mahi, though the first time I ever had it, was (of course) in Hawaii.
Mahi mahi is actually the Hawaiian name for dolphinfish. Years ago, they renamed it mahi mahi so people wouldn’t confuse it with the mammals by the same name. Admittedly, when I was younger, I remember people saying mahi mahi was dolphin and I was horrified. Who would eat dolphin? Let alone who would catch it?
Mahi mahi is also called dolphinfish and dorado.
But I learned better and now, I eat the fish once or twice a month depending on availability. Similar to halibut or even swordfish, mahi mahi is a firm, white finfish, with a fairly mild flavor. And with less than 100 calories per three ounce serving, it has a whopping 20 grams of protein making it a winner-winner chicken fish dinner.
To buy, look for a piece that’s firm to touch—it should easily “bounce” back when lightly pressed into. And it shouldn’t smell fishy. Mahi mahi has a clean smell, a bit like the ocean, but not overwhelming. As for color, it should be almost translucent with a hint of pink.
To cook, all you need is a little olive oil, salt and pepper. It takes about 4-5 minutes a side if pan searing, or 10-15 minutes on a hot grill. Try serving with a mango, avocado, jalapeno, lime juice salsa and basmati rice. Me, I like it simple with a side of sauteed veggies in the winter … but in the summer, it’s all about making it as tropical as possible; sans the palm trees, of course.
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