Thai-Inspired Mahi MahiPosted: February 24, 2011
Roni and I have a very important rule in our house. This rule helps inspire creativity and experimentation. Well, at least in the kitchen. What is this rule? The rule is that we are free to try new recipes, but nobody has to eat the result. What this ends up meaning is that if the dish turns out gross, we can go and get something else. Sometimes we make something up, and other times we just go out into the wild internets in search of new recipes. Both options have mixed results.
Recently, I discovered that a certain number of food network shows are available on Hulu. This has had the direct result of making me want to make up new recipes. Here is my most recent creation. Remember! It is a work in progress, so it might take some tweaking here or there to get it how you like it. But I think the elements are all there for a really tasty meal. The fish has a wonderful lime marinade that balances quite nicely with the mild sweetness of the sauce and rice. While the elements are nice apart, they are best when experienced together.
Thai-Inspired Mahi Mahi
1lb center-cut Mahi Mahi (thawed if frozen)
Juice from 1 lime
zest from 1 lime
1 tbs chopped basil
1 tbs chopped cilantro
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cups calrose medium grain rice
1 can coconut milk (about 15 oz)
salt to taste
1 can coconut milk (about 15 oz)
2.5 tbsp creamy peanut butter
2 tsp ground cumin (about 1 tbsp whole cumin)
1 tsp ground coriander (about 1/2 tbsp whole coriander)
1 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tbsp lemon grass, chopped (about 1/2 stalk)
1/2 tbsp fresh basil
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 tsp salt (more or less according to taste)
3/4 cup bell pepper strips
1 tsp fresh chopped cilantro
1. Prep Mahi Mahi by removing scales if the fish still has the skin on it. This can be done by running a vegetable peeler against the grain of the scales under running cold water. Cut the Mahi Mahi into 4 portions of equal size.
2. Mix together the remaining marinade ingredients into a large ziploc bag and shake to mix. Add the Mahi Mahi portions and make sure they are evenly covered with the marinade. Allow to marinate at least 30 minutes, but not longer than 2 hours.
3. Wash the rice, and cook according to instructions. If the coconut milk has separated, make sure to mix it well so that everything is evenly incorporated. If preparing on the stove, additional water may be necessary.
4. While the rice cooks, add coconut milk to medium sauce pan bring to a simmer.
5. Add in peanut butter and stir to fully incorporate with the coconut milk.
6. Add in ground cumin, coriander and red pepper flakes. Stir. Add in chopped lemon grass, fresh basil and garlic. Salt and pepper to taste. Add in pinch of turmeric for color.
7. Simmer, stirring occasionally for 5-7 minutes. Strain mixture into bowl and keep it warm.
8. Get a skillet and bring to a high temperature. Add a small amount of olive oil to the pan, and the olive oil should just begin to smoke. Reduce heat to medium-high and add in the Mahi Mahi (skin side down if there is skin). Season fish with salt and pepper.
9. Cook Mahi Mahi for 2-3 minutes on each side depending on thickness and remove it from the pan. Reduce heat to medium.
10. Add in remaining marinade to the skillet while the skillet is still at a high temperature, and cook for several seconds. Add in fresh bell pepper and cook, stirring constantly for 30-45 seconds, until the pepper just starts cook. Remove peppers from heat and mix in the fresh chopped cilantro.
11. Place one ladle full (1/3 cup) of the sauce in the bottom of a bowl. Put rice on top of the sauce and the fish on top of the rice. Top with the peppers and cilantro.