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Lemon Mahi Mahi Recipe


Mahi Mahi
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Mahi mahi is also known as dolphinfish, and no, it is definitely not Flipper! It is a firm-fleshed fish with a flavor just a bit stronger than mild whitefish. Here the mahi mahi is seared on the stove-top and finished in the broiler. It is flavored with a light lemon dill sauce. This recipe is simple and fast. If you do not have access to mahi mahi, you may substitute any firm-fleshed, thick fish filets.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 4 mahi mahi filets, about 6 ounces each
  • .
  • Seasoning (see instructions):
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Dried dill weed
  • Lemon pepper
  • Sweet Hungarian paprika
  • .
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, divided use
  • 1/2 cup sweet white wine (may substitute fish or chicken broth)
  • Juice of half a lemon (reserve other half for garnish)
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey mustard


Rub each mahi mahi filet with olive oil, then sprinkle both sides of the fish lightly with each of the listed seasonings.

Preheat broiler on high.

Place a large, heavy, oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter, swirling to combine and coat the pan. Sear filets until golden brown on one side. Remove to a platter. Add wine, lemon juice, and honey mustard to the hot skillet. Whisk, scraping up any browned bits, and cook until liquid is slightly reduced and thickened. Whisk in remaining tablespoon of butter.

Return fish to the skillet, uncooked side down, and place in the broiler 6 inches from the heat. Broil 8 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. Serve with pan sauce and garnish with lemon slices, if desired.

Yield: 4 servings
Lemon Mahi Mahi Recipe Photo © 2010 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
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