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Mahi Mahi fish?

rosemarie365 Dec 20, 2011 09:32 AM

've never used it but have a piece frozen. Can anyone tell me how the texture of mahi mahi compares to other fish like haddock, cod or swordfish? This will help me know how to cook it and what to expect.

Favorite recipes, anyone?

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    Breezychow RE: rosemarie365 Dec 20, 2011 09:56 AM

    I LOVE Mahi-Mahi & cook it often.

    Some folks are scared away from it because raw it can have a pinkish-blueish color, but it cooks up white & definitely does NOT have a strong flavor like Bluefish, etc. Has a wonderful mild non-fishy flavor & a tender flakey texture. Closer to haddock than cod, & defiitely not as firm as swordfish. It really is a terrific versatile fish. You can bake, broil, or grill it, since it holds together well.

    The first time I had it was during my honeymoon on the island of St. Lucia, where it's a restaurant favorite (they call it "dolphin" down there), thus I usually cook it at home with a jerk seasoning rub to bring back those island memories - :)

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      rosemarie365 RE: Breezychow Dec 20, 2011 11:36 AM

      Thank you for feedback; mahi mahi sounds like my kind of fish. I was hoping it was not like cod or swordfish but more light and flakey. You've been a big help.

    2. DiningDiva RE: rosemarie365 Dec 20, 2011 10:55 AM

      Mahi is wonderful. Make sure any of the dark bloodline (you'll know it, it's easy to spot) has been removed. Once that's gone you'll have a mild, yet meaty fish on your hands that cooks up white like halibut. Not as dense as swordfish or halibut, a little like yellowfin tuna with regard to texture, a little softer and flakier than cod. Kind of like flounder only thicker. Extremely verstaile, you can match just about any flavor with it.

      You can grill it, bake it, broil it, fry it, or sautee it. You can probably poach it too, but I've never tried it that way. Fairly lean fish, so it needs a bit of fat during cooking to keep it moist. This is a frequent fish on my plate and I usually just salt and pepper it, sprinkle with a little granulated garlic, paprika and dill weed and then lightly saute. It is the perfect fish for fish tacos, and plays well with all kinds of salsas including fruit and/or veggie ones.

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        rosemarie365 RE: DiningDiva Dec 20, 2011 11:38 AM

        I really appreciate your input. Wth your information and that given by Breezychow.....I think I'm going to like this fish and have confidence in my ability to cook it properly. Now I only have to decide if I want to fake or saute. Thank you.

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          Breezychow RE: rosemarie365 Dec 20, 2011 03:04 PM

          I'd definitely bake it rather than saute it. It's a bit thick for sauteeing.

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            DiningDiva RE: Breezychow Dec 20, 2011 04:18 PM

            Never had a problem with sauteeing.

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          alkapal RE: DiningDiva Dec 20, 2011 05:49 PM

          i've oil poached it with lebanese seasonings and lemon; it was quite tasty.

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            DiningDiva RE: alkapal Dec 20, 2011 08:10 PM

            I bet it was!! Nice to know it can be poached if need be.

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              alkapal RE: DiningDiva Dec 21, 2011 06:01 AM

              it arose as a happy fluke, really. i was marinating some cubes for a brochette. then i said, heck, i don't want to make the brochettes now (got lazy) and just slow-cooked the cubes in the marinade. ;-).

        3. scubadoo97 RE: rosemarie365 Dec 20, 2011 11:36 AM

          More firm than cod and less firm than swordfish. Great fish when fresh and very mild in flavor.

          I use it a lot of making fish tacos.

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            9lives RE: scubadoo97 Dec 20, 2011 03:09 PM

            great in fish tacos.. ceviche, aka dorado

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              mattstolz RE: scubadoo97 Dec 20, 2011 03:12 PM

              im gonna third fish tacos for mahi. it also makes pretty darn good homemade fish sticks!

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                Njchicaa RE: mattstolz Dec 20, 2011 04:40 PM

                I fourth the suggestion. Marinate in some garlic, tequila, lime juice, cilantro (if you like it) Old Bay, and olive oil for like 20-30 min. Then grill and use for fish tacos. Delish!!!

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              onrushpam RE: rosemarie365 Dec 20, 2011 03:23 PM

              I love Mahi Mahi and cook it often. This recipe from epicurious is one of my favorites:

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                James Cristinian RE: rosemarie365 Dec 20, 2011 03:30 PM

                We call it dolphin or dorado in Texas.

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                  Veggo RE: James Cristinian Dec 20, 2011 04:33 PM

                  JC, I think the exotic sounding mahi-mahi name was invented for dolphins because people were confused about dolphin the fish and dolphin the mammal, and they didn't want to order Flipper for dinner. Clever marketing, a la chilean sea bass.
                  The same fish nearer to the Mexican gulf coast was always called dorado, but increasingly it's referred to as mahi mahi, at least in Mexican tourist areas.
                  Good eating fish, as all have noted.

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                    scubadoo97 RE: Veggo Dec 20, 2011 05:40 PM

                    Not just a Hawaiian name for the fish?

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                      Veggo RE: scubadoo97 Dec 20, 2011 05:44 PM

                      I wondered about that - anyone know the origin of "mahi mahi"? Is it from the land of Maui wowie?

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                      alkapal RE: Veggo Dec 20, 2011 05:52 PM

                      veggo, our best man had a sister who just knew *everything* and she *insisted* one evening when we were all out for dinner that the dolphin on the menu *was* flipper. <sigh> how do you argue with someone who knows it all? LOL!

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                        Veggo RE: alkapal Dec 20, 2011 06:10 PM

                        We all know the type - you probably wanted to flipper the bird...

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                          alkapal RE: Veggo Dec 20, 2011 06:13 PM

                          genuinely laughing out loud!

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                    rosemarie365 RE: rosemarie365 Dec 22, 2011 09:35 AM

                    I baked the mahi mahi in high-ish temp oven 400; first I rubbed thai seasoning (lemon/peppery flavored) and salt then dotted with butter; cooked it about 18 minutes.

                    With regard to the name.....I think mahi means 'very strong' in Hawaiian.
                    Thanks everyone for your input. I enjoyed my mahi mahi.

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