Tropical Mahi Mahi

Let me just be honest and say that I’m slightly afraid of seafood.  I generally prefer to have others prepare it for me (and by others, I mean upscale seafood restaurants).  I have found a few things that I trust myself to make on my own, though, and mahi mahi is at the top of my list!  It’s not very fishy (at all), and I find that it pairs well with lots of other flavors.

If you’re looking for some new fresh and healthy meals (especially if you are participating in #10in10), this is a great one to add to your weekly menu!  You can use what you have on hand for the salsa.  I had a fresh mango from the farmer’s market, but did not have a lot of the other ingredients I would typically add (cilantro, jalapeño, cucumber, etc.).  So, I improvised using some canned pineapple and mint.  In the end, I was thrilled with how the dish turned out.

Tropical Mahi Mahi

  • 2 mahi mahi fillets (approximately 6 ounces each)
  • 3 limes
  • 6 tablespoons light coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced (approximately 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 red onion, diced (approximately 1/2 cup)
  • 1 mango, diced (approximately 1 cup)
  • 1 – 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt

In a shallow dish, combine the juice from 2 of the limes, 4 tablespoons of light coconut milk, and the minced ginger.  Whisk to combine and form a marinade.  Season both of the mahi mahi fillets with salt before placing in the marinade.  Cover and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.

While the fish marinates, combine the bell pepper, onion, mango, and pineapple in a mixing bowl.  Add the zest and juice from the remaining lime.  Add the mint and the remaining coconut milk, stirring to combine.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

After the fish has marinated, heat a grill pan over medium heat.  Drizzle with a small amount of olive oil.  Cook the fish for 4-5 minutes on each side (adjusting based on the thickness of the fish).

Serve immediately, topped with the mango salsa.

26 Responses to Tropical Mahi Mahi

  1. Maria says:

    I love the fresh topping for the fish. Great healthy dish!

  2. What’s that word that I like to use a lot? Oh. That’s right… Yummalicious! I feel the same way about seafood. It has to be prepared a certain way, seafood can’t taste fish or smell fishy, for that matter.

    This looks absolutely delish and I think I am craving this, even though I haven’t tried your recipe yet!

    Yumm! :)

  3. Never made Mahi Mahi at home, but I have made other seafood. I love your topping! Looks so delicious.

  4. Mags says:

    I’m a little scared of seafood too and also usually leave it up to the restaurant chefs to make it for me. But this does actually look like a recipe I couldn’t screw up. Very healthy and tasty looking!

  5. It looks so yummy. Thanks for the recipe. I’ll have to try it :)

  6. megan says:

    I’m always nervous to cook fish too! So far, I’ve only really cooked tilapia and orange roughy. I should expand a little further I guess. This sounds really good!

  7. This looks delicious. You did well having to improvise.

  8. I am not a huge fish fan but I would definitely give this a try. I love the tropical flavours – especially in the middle of winter!

  9. Erica says:

    I love Mahi Mahi and mango! Delicious recipe.

  10. That is one of my favorite fish to cook and eat. I love the flavor and it pairs so well with fruit.

  11. Eliana says:

    I absolutely love fish and mahi is one of my favs. This take on it is just super Jen!

  12. jenn says:

    Fantastic fish. It’s been a while since I’ve had myself toms mahi mahi. I love the salsa you had it with. Just my kind.

  13. Juls says:

    Ok, I’m a new here, never heard of mahi mahi!
    but i think this cooking procedure and this tropical salasa could be brilliant with s many kinds of fish!
    great recipe!
    have a good weekend

  14. Fuji Mama says:

    Mmmmmm, I love mahi mahi, especially with all the yummies you paired it with!

  15. Natalie says:

    so refreshing looking, especially coming from NY in winter.

  16. I like the fresh healthy toppings paired with the nice fish! I like it! So healthy!

  17. This looks great. So fresh!

  18. Jenn, I love mahi mahi and your rendition is lovely! Love the flavours you combined! Fresh and healthy :D

  19. I love mahi with mango salsa!

  20. Divina says:

    Something light, refreshing, flavorful and colorful. We happen to have a lot of mangoes right. Thanks for the inspiration to make some.

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  22. Kevin says:

    That looks nice and fresh and good!

  23. Tracy says:

    That looks perfectly simple and divine. And what a perfect escape from winter!

  24. Just made this for dinner – used tilapia instead of mahi mahi and it was SO good!! I am also a little hesitant to make seafood – I grew up thinking I was allergic to it (long story) and just recently found out that I’m not, so now it’s like I’m discovering a whole new possibility. It makes it a little intimidating to cook something you aren’t even used to eating – but his turned out so yummy – my hubby can’t stop raving about it!


  25. Wow, this is one delicious healthy meal. Is there any alternative fish aside from mahi mahi for this dish? We don’t have mahi fish in our place.

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