Nowadays, we are wondering why we are seeing Mahi Mahi on so many eating places. One of the big reasons for this is that restaurants are playing a little trick on all of us.
The word Mahi Mahi, comes from Hawaii and it means "Strong Strong" in English. It refers to a fish we all know as the Dolphin. By looking at some reactions of individuals and the idea that you are eating the famed Dolphin known as Flipper, the restaurants changed the name so you won't get stunned and think they are trying to serve you a piece of that adorable animal.
Many times, Mahi Mahi is hyphenated like Mahi-Mahi and sometimes people use an alternative name which is called "Dorado". Whatever you want to call it, this is a fish that has both great flavor and the nice, firm texture that most seafood fans prefer.
You can discover the Mahi Mahi swimming in many waters. They are found and most abundantly in the Gulf of Mexico and in the warm Caribbean Sea. So the next time you will go to a eating place and order a Mahi Mahi, you will remember the previous sentence. The Mahi Mahi on your dish is probably caught in of those two waters.
In North America you will find the best selection of Mahi Mahi in mid-spring through mid- to late-summer. But, fresh Mahi Mahi is mostly available throughout the year. You can also find frozen Mahi Mahi fillets all year round.
Mahi Mahi has to look pink or light beige. If this is the case, you have found some fresh fish! Darker meat is certainly safe to eat, but the taste might be too strong for some individuals.
You can steam, poach, fry, bake and grill your fresh Mahi Mahi because it's a all-around fish. It doesn't matter which cooking method you want to use but you have to be careful not to overcook it.
Here's a recipe of my favorite dish:
Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi
* 2 ounces macadamia nuts
* 4 ounces plain bread crumbs
* 6 (6 ounce) mahi mahi fillets
* 4 ounces butter
* 2 ounces shallots, diced
* 4 cups chicken stock
* 4 ounces pineapple, rough chopped
* 4 ounces papaya, rough chopped
* 4 ounces mango, rough chopped
* 1 tablespoon shredded coconut
* 2 habanero peppers, seeded
* salt and pepper to taste
* white sugar to taste
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. In a food processor or blender, pulse together macadamia nuts and breadcrumbs until finely ground. Pour nut mixture onto a plate, and coat fish fillets on both sides.
3. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry fillets on both sides until nuts are golden brown. Remove to a baking pan.
4. Add shallots to skillet, and cook until translucent. Stir in chicken stock. Mix in pineapple, papaya, mango, coconut, and habanero peppers. Season with salt, pepper, and sugar to taste. Simmer until sauce is thick, about 30 minutes. Strain to remove peppers, fruit, and shallots. Reserve sauce in a pan over low heat.
5. Bake mahi mahi in preheated oven about 10 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F. Remove fish, and lightly coat with sauce.
If you are looking for more recipes for any kind of fish like, Mahi Mahi, Sea Bass, Catfish, Tilapia, Swordfish, Redfish and many more..please take a look at Baked Fish Recipes. You can also take a look at the following blog, Fried Fish Recipes and Grilled Fish Recipes.
Tariq Ghazi is a devoted writer.
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