Today’s Baked Mahi Mahi Recipe is a succulent gourmet dinner you can pull off in 30 minutes. Fresh and succulent Mahi Mahi fish baked and served with a bright cherry dill caper salsa for an extra burst of flavor!
We love Mahi Mahi fish and this is just one of the ways to enjoy it–baked. You can try Grilled Mahi Mahi which is a fool proof recipe for grilled fish! Another hit is the Mahi Mahi Tacos – weeknight dinner in minutes, served with the best Fish Taco Slaw.
Mahi Mahi is a delicious fish that’s super versatile, I sourced mine from Sealand Quality Foods. They are Canadian suppliers of premium quality meats and seafood delivered to your door! I received my first box with a huge bag of individually wrapped Mahi Mahi fillets. Each fillet was perfectly cleaned, trimmed and packed super fresh. Perfect for my Mahi Mahi Recipe!
This delivery seriously put a smile on my face! It was that feeling when you ask yourself, why have I not done this before?
MAHI MAHI FISH
Here’s a fun story about this exotic Hawaiian fish. Whenever I got asked by strangers (and that’s A LOT!) how to pronounce my name, I kept explaining it and spelling it and at some point I got so tired of it all.
So for a while now, anytime someone asks me how to pronounce my name I say one thing. “Do you know the fish Mahi Mahi? Well, it’s like that, except just one Mahi.” 🙂
Now aside from that cheesy story, Mahi Mahi is such a delicious fish! If you haven’t tried it yet, start with this Baked Mahi Mahi recipe today!
WHAT IS MAHI MAHI
A colorful, strong and powerful fish which you can find all around the world. It was named Mahi Mahi in Hawaii and became more commonly known as that.
However they used to be called dolphinfish which is not the same as dolphins!
The fillet of this delicious fish is moderately firm which makes it ideal for baking, grilling, broiling and pan searing!
What does Mahi Mahi Taste like?
It tastes very mild and sweet. For that you can simply bake it with simple seasoning, garlic and lemon slices and it will taste terrific! It doesn’t have any “fishy” or “oily” taste or feel to it.
Now let’s talk about today’s recipe!
BAKED MAHI MAHI RECIPE
Let’s make Mahi Mahi Recipe. If it was summer, I would make this recipe on the grill! Grilled Mahi Mahi is terrific! I’m baking it today since it’s pretty cold!
Watch the full video above on How to Cook Mahi Mahi. Here are the details:
The fish fillets from Sealand Quality Foods is perfectly cleaned up and trimmed, all you have to do is defrost them.
Once you remove the packaging, you’ll probably want to pat the fillets dry. This helps to form a crust on the fillet while baking for a great texture contrast!
Since the fish is super mild and sweet in flavor, you really don’t need to heavily season them. Salt, pepper and chilli flakes (optional) is all I add to it.
On my baking dish, there’s a thin layer of oil, a dab of butter, thinly sliced garlic and lemon slices. Fresh herbs are not necessary, however they add a brightness to the dish!
At that point you’ll place the fillets over the baking dish and an extra dab of butter over the fillets. Bake away!
When the fish is ready, don’t forget to take the butter at the bottom of the dish and drizzle it over the fish to baste it!
HOW TO SERVE MAHI MAHI
Once out of the oven and while it’s still hot, I love to add a thin drizzle of cherry dill salsa. While it’s optional and cherries are certainly seasonal, I can’t recommend it enough!
When the fish is super hot out of the oven, it will soak up any flavor you add to it. The salsa is sweet, salty, bright, tangy and just the perfect complement to Mahi Mahi fish.
Here’s what you need:
- Fresh and pitted roughly chopped cherries
- lemon juice
- Fresh dill, parsley and chives
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
You’ll mix all of those together in a bowl and your salsa is ready!
So what if it’s not cherry season or you don’t have a thing for cherries? Try strawberries, peaches, or any fruit of your choice.
Now to finish off the dish. I’ve plated some cooked wild black rice and steamed broccoli for the perfect fish dinner!
You can plate it with roasted potatoes, a light salad or some crusty bread. The fish pairs beautifully with any side you prefer.
Try this baked, fancy yet super simple, Mahi Mahi Recipe and brighten up your new year!
MAHI MAHI RECIPE TIPS
- Use quality Mahi Mahi fillets, I got mine from Sealand Quality Foods.
- Remove from the packaging and defrost the fish in the fridge overnight.
- It’s best to pat the fish dry before seasoning so you can get a nice crust.
- You don’t need to heavily season the fish, because it has a very mild and sweet flavor.
- The fillet is very sturdy, you’ll probably want to grill it if the weather is warm and it will be so delicious!
- When drizzling the salsa over the fish, make sure to do so right when the fish if still hot and out of the oven. That’s when the fish will soak up all the flavors.
- Serve the fish right away with your favorite sides!
- Double this recipe for a 4 serving size, and you can even triple, quadruple or make it for bigger crowds easily.
Baked Mahi Mahi
- 2 fillets Mahi Mahi defrosted
- 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- pinch chilli flakes
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 clove garlic thinly sliced
- 3 slices lemon
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme and dill
Cherry Dill Salsa:
- 3/4 cup cherries pitted and roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon capers drained
- 1/3 cup mixed herbs chopped : mostly dill some parsley and chives
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 cup cooked wild rice
- 1 cup steamed broccoli
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Pat the fish fillets dry on both sides using a paper towel.
Season the Mahi Mahi fish on both sides with salt, pepper and a pinch of chilli flakes.
Line your baking dish with a thin layer of oil, half the butter, garlic slices, lemon slices and fresh herbs.
Place the seasoned fish fillets over the herbs on the baking dish and add a tablespoon of butter over each.
Bake the fish for approximately 16-18 minutes until the fillets turn opaque completely and slightly golden in color.
While the fish is baking, prepare the salsa. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together and season light. Feel free to add some extra chilli flakes here or jalapeños for a kick—it would be so good!
Once the fish is ready and out of the oven, spoon over the melted butter at the bottom of the baking dish and drizzle some sweet cherry salsa along the middle of the fish.
Serve the baked Mahi Mahi over some cooked wild rice and steamed broccoli for one delicious meal! Enjoy!!
Use quality Mahi Mahi fillets from Sealand Quality Foods.
Remove from the packaging and defrost the fish in the fridge overnight.
It’s best to pat the fish dry before seasoning so you can get a nice crust.
You don’t need to heavily season the fish, because it has a very mild and sweet flavor.
The fillet is very sturdy, you’ll probably want to grill it if the weather is warm and it will be so delicious!
When drizzling the salsa over the fish, make sure to do so right when the fish if still hot and out of the oven. That’s when the fish will soak up all the flavors.
Serve the fish right away with your favorite sides!
Double this recipe for a 4 serving size, and you can even triple, quadruple or make it for bigger crowds easily.