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Blackened mahi-mahi will spice up your dinner so you can take a break from the ordinary! Not to mention the nutrient-dense whole foods will leave you energized and satisfied.
Enjoy perfectly seared, smoky, mahi mahi paired beautifully with creamy, herb-seasoned mashed cauliflower. Add a green veggie like sauteed green beans or a salad and you have an easy, healthy, amazingly delicious weeknight meal.
If smokey, slightly cajun flavor isn’t quite your thing, simply substitute regular paprika.
what is blackened mahi mahi?
Blackened mahi (or other firm-fleshed fish or meat) is dredged in a combination of herbs and spices, before being cooked in a hot pan (traditionally cast iron). The result is pieces of meat or fish with a deep brown to black crust around the outside.
mahi mahi sidedish – herbed mashed cauliflower
Mashed cauliflower makes the perfect mahi mahi side dish. To start, boil or steam the cauliflower until it’s soft. Once it is finished, remove the cauliflower from the water.
Add garlic, olive oil, and a little bit of water (start with a tablespoon or 2 and add more if necessary) to the food processor and blend until smooth. Do the same if you’re using an immersion blender. Once it’s smooth, mix in the freshly chopped herbs and add sea salt and ground black pepper to taste.
how do you make blackened mahi mahi?
First, pat the mahi dry with a towel. Season the filets with the spice mix liberally, pressing into the sides of the fish.
how to blacken mahi mahi in a pan
When it’s time to cook the mahi, it’s important to get the pan to the right temperature. To do that, place a pan on the stove and heat at a medium to medium high temperature. Don’t go too high, too fast or the heat will not be even.
You can check to see if the temperature is right by pouring 1/8 teaspoon of water in the pan. If it jumps around and then comes back together to form one small ball that bounces around, you’ve got the perfect temp! If the water just scatters and burns off, it’s not ready. Try again in a minute or 2.
When the water forms the ball, it’s time to add the oil (turn the heat down slightly). The oil should cover the bottom of the pan and shimmer! For more detailed instructions on how to perfectly sear fish, check out this site.
Add the mahi mahi to the pan (do in batches so you don’t overcrowd the pan). Cook, undisturbed for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown on one side. Flip and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes. The fish is done when it’s opaque.
how to serve blackened mahi mahi
what to serve with mahi mahi
Some fantastic mahi-mahi sides include roasted or sauteed veggies like sautéed green beans with shallots and garlic or herb-roasted sweet potato fries that would be delicious with this meal. You could also have a cup of slow-cooker butternut squash soup or creamy broccoli soup on the side.
Other whole30/paleo recipes you’ll enjoy:
- mahi mahi with strawberry green apple salsa
- easy breezy salmon with herbed mustard sauce
- steak fajita stuffed sweet potatoes
- butternut squash noodles with chicken & cream sauce
- copycat in-N-out burger
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4 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories215
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Total Carbohydrate
- Sugars 5.7g
- Protein 14.8g 30%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.