Friday, September 6, 2013

Sauteed Mahi Mahi

So for those of you who are regular visitors to The One Behind The Apron, you will notice this post is a little different than normal. (Hint: a LOT less photos) My kitchen is currently under construction and it is enough of a challenge to cook the meals, never mind simultaneously photograph them. So for the next few weeks, some of my recipes might not have as many photos as your used to. However, I do have some posts saved up from the pre-construction days, so I will sprinkle those in as well. With that in mind, if you have any questions on the recipe below (or the ones to come), do not hesitate to shoot me an email.

In the Northeast, it is not everyday that you catch Mahi Mahi. For those of you that don't know, Mahi Mahi is a dolphin - but don't worry, not like Flipper! So, when my grandfather came home from a day fishing with one, I jumped at the chance to cook it up for all of us. This is a simple recipe that can be used with any fish, so if you can't find Mahi Mahi, you can try this out with other white fish such as sea bass or striped bass. Also, this is delicious on a sandwich with some lettuce and tomato and a little Old Bay Mayonnaise (Mayo + Old Bay Seasoning = Old Bay Mayo).

Recipe yields 6 servings

4 lbs. fresh Mahi Mahi (Our fish was a lot bigger, so we just put the extra in the freezer for another time)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper, to taste
4 tbsp butter
1 tbsp basil

Season both sides of the fish with salt and pepper so there is an even coating. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the fish and cook 4-5 minutes, per side, depending on the width of the fish. You want the fish to be white all the way through, with no signs of pink in sight!

Once the fish is finished cooking, remove from the pan and place on a serving dish. Add the butter to the pan and use your spoon to scrape up all the browned bits on the bottom and mix with the butter. Add the basil and mix it in. Once the butter is fully melted, pour the mixture over the fish right onto the platter. Serve with fresh steamed vegetables for a healthy meal! Enjoy!

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