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Ideas for Baking Mahi Mahi

by Cassie Damewood, studioD

Mahi mahi, also known as dolphin fish, has a mild, sweet taste and a firm texture that holds up well to baking. It's easy to clean and can be baked whole, or you can easily cut large fillets from the fish. Mahi mahi is equally tasty simply baked with minimal seasonings as it is embellished with other flavors. Buy it fresh or frozen, and defrost frozen fillets before baking to ensure even cooking.

Baked and Topped

Bake mahi mahi plain or lightly seasoned, then add flavor with toppings. Lightly oil a pan, place the fish in the pan, then bake for five to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness. Serve it with a sweet pineapple-mango salsa topping or a light hollandaise sauce.

Baked with Seasonings

To give mahi mahi extra flavor during baking, season it with citrus, such as lime, lemon or orange juice before baking. To give the fish a spicy flavor, use Dijon mustard. For a citrusy-hot flavor, season the mahi mahi with a mixture of mustard and citrus. Apply the seasoning to the surface of fillets or season a whole fish from the inside to ensure that the flavors are absorbed. Brush the flesh with olive oil to keep the fish from drying out.


Give baked mahi mahi fillets an Asian flair with a fresh ginger, soy sauce, and sesame seed marinade. Or refrigerate it overnight in a miso-based marinade. To add Asian flavor after cooking, top it with a ginger-based sauce. Coat fillets in a mixture of black and white sesame seeds before cooking to add texture and taste.

Polynesian Flavors

Mahi mahi is prolific in Hawaii and other tropical regions, so it's often prepared with Polynesian flavorings. Achieve a tropical taste with a rum and lime juice marinade. Top fillets with grilled pineapple or coat them with a smooth mango sauce.

About the Author

Cassie Damewood has been a writer and editor since 1985. She writes about food and cooking for various websites, including My Great Recipes, and serves as the copy editor for "Food Loves Beer" magazine. Damewood completed a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in creative writing at Miami University.

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