Baked mahi mahi is a great holiday meal. I plan to serve a mahi dinner for friends later next week and wanted to develop a festive salsa. While mahi tastes great on its own, fruit or veggie salsas compliment and accentuate the flavor.
The experimental dinner turned out so well that I had to share it with readers of The Cheap Gourmet blog. The salsa was a huge hit with my husband. Considering he is primarily a meat-and-potato kind of guy, it's not always easy to get overly creative in the kitchen. If he loves something, I know it is really, really good.
Living in Florida gives me year-round access to mahi mahi. If you are unable to find Mahi Mahi in your area, substitute with Wahoo, Tilapia, Amberjack or Chilean Sea Bass. The recommended serving of fish is 4 to 6 ounces. One pound will serve four people.
The following recipes will provide a baked mahi mahi dinner for two for less than $12. As much as I hate to admit it, I cheated and used canned green beans. Although I prefer fresh green beans, the selection at the store was pretty sad looking and I opted for the canned variety.
BAKED MAHI MAHI DINNER FOR TWO
FESTIVE HOLIDAY SALSA
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Marinade Time: 30 minutes
½ Cucumber, finely diced
1 medium Tomato, seeds removed and finely diced
1/8 cup Red Onion, finely diced
2 cloves Garlic, finely diced
½ small Jalapeno Pepper, seeds removed and finely diced
5-6 sprigs fresh Cilantro, stems removed and loosely chopped
Juice of 1 Lime
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, mix well, cover and place in refrigerator to marinate for 30 minutes.
BAKED POTATO POCKETS
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
2 medium white Potatoes, sliced
¼ White Onion, sliced
2 cloves Garlic, sliced
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Mrs. Dash Seasoning, to taste
These potatoes are baked in a foil pocket. Prepare two 18-inch sheets of foil and place ingredients on top of one another. Pull sides together and create a flap that can be sealed by folding excess foil. Fold ends to create a seal.
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Wash potatoes and dry. Slice into ¼-inch slices. Place potato slices in the center of each foil.
3. Thinly slice onions and garlic and place on top of potatoes.
4. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over each mound of potatoes, onions and garlic.
5. Sprinkle with Mrs. Dash seasoning.
6. Wrap foil and place in oven. Bake for 30 minutes.
7. Remove from oven and carefully unwrap. Potato pockets will be steamy when opened, so keep fingers away from direct heat.
8. Transfer potatoes to serving bowl or place on individual plates.
BAKED MAHI MAHI FISHServes 2
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 10-12 minutes
2 4 to 6-ounce Mahi Mahi fish fillets
¼ cup Dale's Seasoning Reduced Sodium
1. Wash mahi fillets under cold water and pat dry with paper towel.
2. Add Dale's Seasoning to baking dish.
3. Place mahi mahi fillets, meat side down into baking dish and let marinate for 20 minutes. If the skin has been removed, flip mahi fillets after 10 minutes so each side soaks up marinade.
4. Place mahi mahi fillets in oven (skin side down) during the last 10 to 12 minutes of baking potato pockets.
5. Mahi fillets are ready when the meat is flakey and internal temperature is 145 degrees. Fish should not be cooked beyond 160 degrees, as it will become dry and chewy.
6. Remove mahi fillets from oven and transfer to individual plates.
7. Serve with festive holiday salsa on the side or placed on top of the mahi fillet.
Getting the Timing Right
The reason I am sharing this is because I did NOT get the timing right and was scrambling to make the salsa at the last minute. The festive holiday salsa can be made a day ahead if desired. The longer ingredients have to marinate, the more flavor you will achieve. At minimum, the salsa should marinate for 30 minutes.
1. Prepare festive holiday salsa.
2. Prepare mahi mahi fillets and let marinate in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes, but no longer than one hour.
3. Prepare potato pockets.
4. Prepare green beans. If using fresh green beans, allow ample time to clean, snap and cook. Fresh green beans can be steamed or grilled. Steaming takes between 15 and 18 minutes, while grilling takes about 8 to 10 minutes. Canned green beans only require 5 minutes to cook.
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