What To Serve With Mahi Mahi?

If you are planning a dinner party or having friends over for a casual meal, then mahi mahi is probably not what you would choose. However, if you are serving mahimahi for a special occasion, then you should definitely serve something different than the usual side dishes.

Here are some suggestions of what to serve with mahi mahi:

  • Side dishes: Mashed Potatoes, Cilantro Lime Rice, Black Beans and Cornbread, etc.
  • Main dishes: Shrimp Scampi, Lobster Newburg, Raviolli Paste Casserole, etc.

 What are the other options? And how do you prepare them? Let’s find out!

What is Mahi Mahi?

Mahi mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) is a tropical fish that can be found in the waters of Hawaii, Mexico and Central America. It’s also called “dorado” or “dolphin fish.”

This fish has long been considered to have one of the best-tasting flesh among all fishes. The meat from this fish is very firm and white with a mild flavor.

Mahi mahi is a delicious fish that is easy to cook and perfect for any occasion.

What does mahi mahi taste like?

The meat from this fish is firm and white with a delicate flavor. This makes it great for grilling, broiling, baking and frying.

It pairs well with most other seafoods such as scallops, shrimp, lobster, clams, mussels, and oysters.

Is mahi mahi a healthy fish?

Yes! Mahi mahi is an excellent source of protein and low in fat. It is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help lower cholesterol levels.

What to Serve with Mahi Mahi?

Mahimahi is often served as an appetizer, but it can also make a great main course if you’re looking for something different.

What To Serve With Mahi Mahi?
Mahi mahi with a fresh green salad. Credit: Canva

What Side Dishes Go with Mahi Mahi?

Here are some side dishes that go perfectly with mahi mahi:

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a great pairing for mahi mahi. They add a creamy texture to the dish and pair well with the fish’s mild flavor.

Cilantro Lime Rice

Rice cooked with fresh cilantro and lime juice is another wonderful side dish for mahi mahi that will complement its delicate flavor.

Green Beans

If you want to serve green beans with your mahi mahi, try cooking them with butter and garlic. You’ll love how they blend together.

Black Beans and Cornbread

A simple black bean dip goes perfectly with mahi mahih. Try serving it with cornbread on the side.

Broccoli Salad

Broccoli salad is another popular side dish that goes well with mahi mahi. It adds a crunchy texture to the dish and complements its mild flavor.

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilled corn on the cob is another easy way to serve up a tasty meal. It’s simple to prepare and pairs well with mahi mai’s mild flavor.

Fried Rice

Fried rice is a classic Asian dish that’s perfect for serving alongside mahi mahi. You’ll get a nice mix of flavors in every bite.

Crusty Bread

Bread is always a good choice when you’re looking for something to serve with mahi mahih because it provides a crunchy texture that contrasts nicely with the softness of the fish.

Coleslaw

Coleslaw is another delicious side dish that goes well alongside mahi mahi because it provides a tangy contrast to the fish’s mild flavor and light texture.

Spinach Salad

Spinach salad is a refreshing side dish that goes well beside mahi mahi. Its fresh spinach leaves provide a crisp texture while adding a bright green color to the dish.

Tossed Green Salad

Tossed greens are a good option when you want to serve something light and healthy. Tossing your green vegetable will give them a vibrant look and they complement mahi mahi’s mild flavor.

Roasted Vegetables

Roasting vegetables brings out their natural sweetness and enhances their flavor. Roast some carrots, sweet potatoes, onions and broccoli to bring out their natural goodness.

What Main Dishes Go with Mahi Mahi?

Here are some main dishes that go well with mahi mahi:

Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp scampi is a classic Italian dish that’s perfect for entertaining guests at home. It combines two of our favorite foods – shrimp and pasta.

Lobster Newburg

Lobster Newburg is another classic dish that’s perfect for special occasions. It’s made with lobster and Swiss cheese and topped with bacon.

Ravioli Pasta Casserole

Ravioli pasta casserole is a traditional Italian dish that’s perfect to serve during holidays or family gatherings. It has all the comfort food we love plus a cheesy sauce.

Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta puttanesca is a spicy tomato-based pasta dish that’s perfect for those who like their meals hot. It’s loaded with garlic, olives, capers and anchovies.

Seared Salmon Fillet

Seared salmon fillet is one of the most popular main courses. The fish is cooked medium rare so it stays moist and tender.

Roast Chicken

Roast chicken is always a crowd pleaser. This recipe makes a big roast chicken that’s full of juicy meat.

Pesto Pasta

Pesto pasta is a quick and easy dish that’s perfect for busy weeknights. It’s packed with basil pesto and tomatoes and tastes amazing!

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken cordon bleu is a classic French dish that’s perfect for parties. It features ham, cheese and breaded chicken pieces wrapped in puff pastry.

How to Cook Mahi Mahi?

What To Serve With Mahi Mahi?
Grilled mahi mahi. Credit: Canva

There are several ways to cook mahi mahi. Here are three common cooking methods:

Roasting

Cooking mahi mahi by roasting gives it a tender texture and helps keep the meat moist. Roast mahi mahi at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes per pound.

Grilling

Grilled mahi mahi can be served as an appetizer or entrée. Outdoor grill mahi mahi over high heat on both sides until it reaches 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Baking

Baking mahi mahi is similar to roasting except that the fish cooks under high heat. Bake mahi mahi at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes per pound.

Sautéing

Sautéing mahi mahi is a quick method of preparing the fish. Sauté mahi mahi over medium heat until cooked through. Cook mahimahi for 10 minutes per pound.

Frying

Frying mahi mahi is a fast way to prepare this fish. Fry mahi mahi in oil until golden brown. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.

Mahi Mahi Recipes

What To Serve With Mahi Mahi?
Lemon garlic sauce mahi mahi. Credit: Canva

Easy Mahi Mahi in Lemon Garlic Sauce Recipe

This favorite recipe is a simple and wildly delicious way to prepare and serve this tender, flakey, and popular white fish.

Ingredients

  • Mahi Mahi fillets
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Whole garlic cloves
  • Fresh whole lemons (for juicing and slicing)
  • Fresh parsley

Instructions

Season the fillets:

  1. But first, pat dry mahi-mahi fillets with paper towels. This guarantees that flavorful, golden sear we’re after.
  2. Next, season both sides of your fish fillets with salt and lemon pepper or your own combination of seasoning.
  3. Options include salt and black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika.

Prepare the ingredients for the garlic butter sauce:

  1. Wash your lemons. Then, thinly slice one lemon and juice the other lemon into a small bowl so that you have approximately 4 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice.
  2. Mince the fresh garlic cloves and set aside.

Pan sear the mahi-mahi:

  1. Add the olive oil to a large stainless steel skillet or cast-iron skillet set over medium-high heat.
  2. Once the olive oil is nice and hot, carefully add each fillet. Sear, undisturbed, until nicely golden brown and the sides are cooked just past halfway up the fillets. This will take about 4 minutes depending on the thickness of your fish.
  3. Flip and continue to cook on the other side until just cooked through, about 2-4 minutes more (mahi-mahi should reach an internal temperature of 137°F).
  4. Remove from heat and transfer fillets to a serving plate.

Prepare the lemon garlic sauce:

  1. In the same skillet (or in a new one), heat the butter, lemon juice, and lemon slices over medium heat. Heat until the butter is melted and just starting to bubble.
  2. Stir in the garlic, reduce heat to low, and continue to cook for 1 minute, or until the garlic is lightly golden.
  3. Stir in the fresh minced parsley and drained capers (optional).

Combine and serve:

  1. Spoon the garlic butter sauce over the mahi-mahi.
  2. Serve immediately with all your favorite side dishes.

Storage

Mahi mahi fish should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for three to four days. 

Blackened Mahi Mahi with  Pineapple Mango Salsa

This is a recipe with spicy flavors, mixed with the tanginess of the salsa. It is great for a weeknight dinner.

Ingredients

  • 4 (5-6 oz) mahi mahi fillets
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil (extra virgin olive oil)
  • Cilantro for serving
  • Lime wedges or lemon wedges for serving
  • Sour cream for serving
  • 1 Avocado peeled and cubed, for serving

For the blackening spice

  • 3 ½ teaspoon salt (Kosher salt)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ – 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp dried basil

For the pineapple-mango salsa

  • 2 cups pineapple peeled and diced
  • 1 whole mango peeled, pitted, and diced
  • ½ small red onion diced (about ¼ cup)
  • 1 scallion thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime juiced
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt

Instructions

Making the blackening spice:

  1. Combine all dried herbs and spices in a medium bowl.
  2. Whisk to combine.

Cooking the fish:

  1. Preheat an oven to 400F.
  2. Dry fish, then brush the fillets with olive oil on both side, then sprinkle blackening spices on top, covering as many of the flesh of the mahi mahi as possible.
  3. Cook the fish in a baking dish for 10 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 137 degrees F. If you prefer the meat to be slightly more medium-rare, cook to an internal temp of 145F.

Garnish, then serve:

  1. Add a final drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle or flaky sea salt, and any fresh herbs, such a parsley or cilantro, to the fish.
  2. Serve immediately with lime wedges, pineapple-mango sauce, and sour cream and avocado, if using.
  3. Recommended over cilantro lime rice.

Storage

The pineapple-mango salsa will keep in an airtight container in a refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

Other Mahi Mahi Recipes

Some of the other popular mahi mahi recipes include:

  • Mahi Mahi Tacos (Fish Tacos)
  • Mahi Mahi Banh Mi
  • Mahi Mahi Coconut Curry
  • Mahi Mahi Ceviche
  • Mahi Mahi Steakhouse
  • Mahi Mahi Pasta Salad
  • Mahi Mahi Taco Salad
  • Grilled Mahi Mahi Sandwiches
  • Pan-seared Mahi Mahi with Lemon Butter Sauce

FAQs

What sides go well with mahi?

Mahi goes great with everything! It’s versatile enough that you can pair it with many different foods. Here are some suggestions:

• Cilantro Lime Rice

• Black Beans & Cornbread

• Green Salad

• Sweet Potato Fries

• Grilled Vegetables

• Steamed Broccoli

• Pan-Seared Asparagus

Why is mahi mahi so healthy?

Mahi mahi is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which have been shown to help lower cholesterol levels and improve heart health. Omega 3s also play a role in brain development and function.

Do you rinse mahi mahi before cooking?

It’s recommended that you don’t rinse mahi mahi because it removes natural oils from the skin. This helps keep its flavor intact.

How is mahi mahi supposed to be cooked?

The best way to cook mahi mahi is by baking or grilling. The key here is to not overcook it. A rare mahi will still be moist and tender when served, but it won’t be dry like overcooked meat.