Baked mahi mahi recipe, Greek style! Tender fish with bright Mediterranean flavors and juicy tomatoes makes the perfect dinner. Follow my instructions to learn how to bake mahi mahi at home that tastes phenomenal!
Mediterranean cooking offers many ways to enjoy fish and seafood. From grilled salmon shish kabob and Mediterranean style shrimp to parmesan baked cod, there are endless ways to enjoy the treasures of the sea. Today I'm going to show you how to make the most delicious Greek style baked mahi mahi with fresh Mediterranean flavors. Follow along to learn how to choose the best fish and how to cook it, there are also many delicious side dishes to choose from!
The benefits of mahi mahi
Mahi mahi (meaning strong-strong in Hawaiian), is a warm water fish found in the Mediterranean, South Pacific and the Caribbean. It has a neutral flavor similar to halibut and isn't "fishy". It comes in the forms of fillet or steak and works well with any cooking method including baking, searing, roasting or grilling.
Since mahi mahi is lean and is low in sodium and saturated fat, it's considered a healthy fish. It's also a great source for vitamin B and selenium which is an important antioxidant.
Mahi Mahi fillets are usually boneless, which makes serving them much easier. The fish takes about 20 minutes to bake, giving you enough time to whip up a salad or a light side dish to serve. More on the side dishes and serving suggestions below.
How to pick the perfect mahi mahi
Mahi mahi usually comes in the form of clean fillets. To choose the best fresh mahi mahi, you need to smell it. It should smell like the sea, neutral and not fishy at all. The color of the fish should be light pink (sometimes with red strips) and the fillet should be firm to the touch and bounces back.
How to bake mahi mahi
- Mix the olive oil with chopped garlic, freshly squeezed lemon juice and spices including oregano, cumin and Aleppo pepper.
- Marinate the fish in this mixture for 20 minutes up to 1 hour. Don't let the fish marinate for more than 1 hour or it'll get mushy.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Coat it with cooking spray.
- Mix cherry tomatoes with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Arrange them on the baking sheet with the marinated fish. Spoon the garlic and spices from the marinade on the fish.
- Bake until the mahi mahi is opaque and flakes easily, about 20 minutes. And voila, your baked mahi mahi recipe is ready!
Pro tip: Mahi mahi is very lean and dries out easily, therefore make sure not to overcook it.
This Greek style baked mahi mahi is the perfect dinner that you can enjoy with different sides such as salads, vegetables or rice. Here are a few suggestions:
Frequently asked questions
You'll know the fish is fully cooked when it flakes easily. Use a fork to test the fish and flake it.
Fish and seafood are always best served fresh so I don't recommend making them ahead of time. However, you can marinate the fish for up to 1 hour. Marinating more than 1 hour will change the texture of the fish.
Yes, just make sure that the fish is completely thawed before you start cooking.
Usually mahi mahi fillets are without skin, but if they are skin-on, remove it before serving since it's pretty tough.
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Greek Style Baked Mahi Mahi
- 16 ounces mahi mahi fillets about 2
- 4 tablespoon olive oil
- 5 cloves garlic roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 lemon juice of
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon Aleppo pepper or pul biber
- 3 cups cherry tomatoes
- Place the mahi mahi in a bowl and set aside.
- In a small bowl mix 2 tablespoons of the olive oil with chopped garlic, oregano, black pepper, rosemary, lemon juice, salt, cumin and Aleppo pepper. Drizzle over the mahi mahi and make sure all parts of the fillets are coated with the marinade.
- Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes up to 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 400° F and coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. You can also line the baking sheet with aluminum foil first and coat it with cooking spray to make cleaning easier.
- Mix the cherry tomatoes with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Arrange them on the baking sheet.
- Place the marinated mahi mahi on the baking sheet and Top with the garlic and spices that were in the marinade.
- Bake at 400° F for about 20 minutes until the fish is opaque and flakes easily and the tomatoes are roasted.
- If using frozen mahi mahi, thaw it completely before you start cooking.
- You can double or triple this recipe, the cooking time will remain the same.
- It's best to serve mahi mahi fresh out of the oven, however, you can keep the fish marinated for up to one hour. I don't recommend marinating over one hour since it can alter the texture of the fish.
- Serve this dish with side dishes such as brown rice, Greek potatoes, Greek lemon rice or briam (Greek roasted vegetables).