Mahi Mahi

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.

img_4069To 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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Hey there. I’m Shauna—a West Coast transplant in the landlocked state of Indiana … when I moved here I missed the beaches, the mountains, the desert, the rivers … and it took me a while to find places nearby that paralleled my old stomping grounds. BUT. Now that I’ve lived here for over 15 years, I’ve had time to explore the region and you know what? It’s amazing. There’s so much to do—from skiing in northern Michigan to relaxing lakeside in southern Kentucky to rocking the nightlife in one of the many metropolitan areas. And I love it here. I really do. BUT. I do miss the sea … and the sand and the rush of the waves … the smell of seawater … even the sting of too much sun after a day spent lollygagging at the beach. And I miss the constant supply of seafood and shellfish and riverfish? About that … since I’ve moved to the Midwest I’ve noticed that a lot of people here don’t consider fish that come from the river seafood … I’m not sure I agree, but hence the new word I’ve created, “riverfish” … time will tell if Webster picks it up ; ) So my blog, Seafood is The New Black, is my way of bringing a little bit of sea life (or is it sealife?) to the Midwest. And over on Seafood in the Circle City, you can read up on my favorite Indianapolis restaurants that serve seafood, and serve it well. As you read along, you’ll find all kinds of information … some that you might find more useful than others—and some, you might just find amusing … or not. Either way, and if nothing else, I hope you leave my little space here on the world wide web a little refreshed and maybe even a little inspired to bring a little bit of the ocean home with you. (Yes, I did use the word “little” four times in one sentence … it’s OK … mermaids like to repeat themselves.) Cheers! The Midwest Mermaid Oh, and if your curious, yes, I do actually write for a living … if you want to know about the organizations I work with and the publications where you can find my land legs, swim on over to the “Portfolio” tab … and thanks for visiting.

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