Cajun Mahi Mahi with Mango Jalapeno Salsa

These thick pieces of Mahi-Mahi are coated in a Cajun rub then pan-seared until golden brown and topped with a juicy tropical jalapeno salsa. It looks and tastes fancy but is so quick and easy to make!

Mahi-Mahi is a sweet and mild fish that flakes to perfection when cooked properly. It cooks up extremely quickly so make sure to watch it closely to prevent over-cooking. You should get either super fresh or quick-frozen high-quality Mahi-Mahi to provide the best flavor. We recommend ordering online from Fulton Fish Market. Make sure that your mahi mahi portions are about 6-7oz each with at least a 1-inch thickness. If the portions are too thin or small they’ll tend to overcook and the seasoning proportions may be off. 

Always pat away excess moisture from the fish – this step is super important as it will allow the seasoning to stick better to help create a nice crispy coating.  Using a dry rub instead of a wet marinade for fish also helps to add another dimension of texture and crispness to the fish. In just under 8 minutes the fish will be fully cooked and ready for serving!

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Cajun Mahi Mahi with Mango Jalapeno Salsa

Serving Size:
4
Time:
18 Min.
Difficulty:
Easy

Mahi Mahi Ingredients

  • 4 Mahi-Mahi Filets
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Squeeze of lemon

Cajun Seasoning Ingredients

  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

Mango Jalapeno Salsa Ingredients

  • ½ cup mango, diced
  • ⅓ cup Roma tomato, diced
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoons  jalapeno, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Sea salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Combine Cajun Seasoning Mix ingredients in a small bowl. 
  2. Pat fillets dry with paper towels. Season the fillets liberally with the Cajun spice mix on both sides. 
  3. Combine ingredients for salsa and refrigerate until serving. 
  4. Place a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and add the extra virgin olive oil. Then add in the mahi-mahi until golden brown on one side- about 3 minutes undisturbed (do not move fish around). Flip fish over and continue to cook until opaque and cooked through. 
  5. Serve Cajun Mahi-Mahi with a squeeze of fresh lemon, and then top with your mango jalapeno salsa!

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The strikingly beautiful Mahi Mahi is a brilliant, iridescent blue-green and gold. The lean, off-white meat is sweet with a mildly assertive flavor – similar to Swordfish and Tuna – and is firm textured with large, moist flakes.

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