Mahi Mahi Fish

Spellbinding Facts About Mahi Mahi Fish That'll Surely Astonish You

Mahi Mahi fish is the Hawaiian name for Dolphin fish, and is a much preferred dietary seafood option that is slowly catching on among fish lovers. Explore the many facts about this fish, along with tips on how to cook this scintillating seafood meat...
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2017
Mahi Mahi fish was nicknamed like so, since people confused it with the mammal 'dolphin', mistaking it for a completely different breed of fish. They are not only found in Hawaii, but in tropical and sub-tropical waters as well. The colors that this fish possesses are shimmery and extremely vibrant, when subjected to open air once caught, they change rapidly in color, not affecting the taste and texture of the meat though.

Mahi Mahi Facts

There are a lot of Mahi Mahi recipes that put together either simple or complicated ingredients, to bring out the flavor of this fish, which is distinctly mild in flavor, and moist to the bite. Before we get into the preparation of this fish as a very healthy, and nutritious meal alternative no doubt, we first look into some more information about this very interesting species of fish, that'll help us better in understanding what this fish is.
  • Its meat is said to be very similar in taste to that of swordfish.
  • They have bluish yellow tinted bellies, that lose out on their color when caught by fishermen and exposed in the open.
  • The dark portions of the fish when trimmed off, give the fish a much milder taste.
  • When coupled with seasonings or condiments, the fish is able to use all of that and infuse itself with it, heightening the taste of the fish.
  • It is better either grilled or blackened, although if overcooked it will turn out to be a complete disaster.
  • The fish is moist and pinkish/grayish in color when uncooked and off white when cooked.
  • They have a prominent dorsal fin peaking at the top of the entire length of its body, with anal fins that curve inwardly.
  • The words 'Mahi Mahi', translates literally to 'strong strong'.
  • The largest of its kind was found in 1976, on September 25th, and weighed about 87 pounds.
  • Japan has its fisheries stocked with this fish, and accounts for about 50% of the world's catch.
  • Other names for this fish are, 'lampuka', 'calitos', 'mverikos' and 'dorado'.
  • Scientific name for Mahi Mahi is coryphaena hippurus.
  • They're non-vegetarian-eating fish, and feast on the meat of squids, certain kinds of fish and crustaceans.
  • Life span of this fish is 5 years.
Mahi Mahi Fish Recipe

Like promised, I'm going to put together an easy recipe that will have you taking in a very aromatic and scrumptious ensemble of condiments, seasoning and ingredients, that will have you eating this fish ceaselessly on end. Being low in fat content, this makes for a great junk food alternative, where one fillet portion of this fish, is a mere 100 calories.

Mahi Mahi Fish with Garlic Butter and Cilantro

What You'll Need
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 100gm unsalted softened butter
  • 1 tablespoon dried chili flakes
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • ½ a piece of ginger
  • 1 medium-sized lemon
  • 1 large red onion (roughly sliced)
Method of Preparation

To make the marinade, first heat up a non-stick frying pan, and on low heat add butter, and some olive oil to avoid it from burning. Then drop in your finely chopped garlic and sauté these for 10 seconds and before they turn brown, add in your ginger, briefly tossing these until the butter is completely saturated with both its flavors. Turn the gas off, and into a mixer add in the butter, garlic and ginger concoction, then dump into this your cilantro, dried chili flakes and a good squirt of lemon juice. Blitz this up briefly for about 10 seconds. Then using this mix, coat your Mahi Mahi fish and lightly sprinkle both sides with salt. Keep this to marinate for about an hour in your refrigerator.

Once your time's up, take the same pan you used for frying the butter, garlic and ginger, and lightly drizzle some olive oil into it. On low heat, wait for the pan to heat up considerably, and then gently place the fish fillet into it. Cover the top and have it fry on a medium flame for 3 minutes on each side, without overcooking it and ruining its moistness, and of course its flavor. While that is cooking on the fire, sauté your sliced red onions, and wait for it to turn a nice deep brown, where it'll have that rich sweet taste to it when reduced to that state (caramelized). Once your fish is done, just pour over it your fried onions, and you'll have yourself a very sinful dish for feasting.

Mahi Mahi fish is no doubt a fish breed that people are slowly developing a taste for. Its flavor is mild, but can be enhanced once you put in the right ingredients. Eat healthy!
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