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Pan Seared Mahi Mahi with Lemon Garlic Sauce

Mahi-mahi with lemon garlic sauce

The mahi-mahi, also known as the common dolphinfish and is a tender, flakey, and popular white fish. Here's a simple and easy Mahi-Mahi recipe with lemon garlic sauce that is wildly delicious.

PREP TIME (10 minutes)

COOK TIME (20 minutes)

TOTAL TIME (30 minutes)


  • 4 (4-6 ounce) Mahi-Mahi Fillets

  • salt - to season

  • lemon pepper - to season

  • 1 lemon - thinly sliced

  • 1 lemon - juiced

  • 5 cloves garlic - minced

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 4 tablespoon salted butter

  • 2 tablespoon capers - drained (optional)

  • 2 tablespoon fresh parsley - minced


Mahi-mahi fillets seasoned with salt and lemon pepper

Season the fillets.

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

  • Prepare the ingredients for the Lemon garlic sauce.

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. Mince the fresh garlic cloves and set aside.

  • Pan sear the mahi mahi.

Add the olive oil to a large stainless steel skillet or cast-iron skillet set over medium-high heat. 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 (the fish is cooked when it’s no longer opaque-looking). 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). Remove from heat and transfer fillets to a serving plate.

Creating the garlic butter sauce by heating up butter, lemon juice, and lemon slices in a skillet and stirring in garlic
  • Prepare the garlic butter sauce.

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. Stir in the garlic, reduce heat to low, and continue to cook for 1 minute, or until the garlic is lightly golden. Stir in the fresh minced parsley and drained capers (optional).

  • Combine and serve.

Spoon the garlic butter sauce over the mahi-mahi and serve immediately with all your favorite side dishes.

What to serve with this recipe

There are so many great things to serve with this mahi-mahi recipe. One example are healthy rice, such as brown rice, wild rice, or even cauliflower rice. Other options include: mashed potatoes, big chunks of warm bread that are always fantastic when dunked in some extra butter sauce, some greens with a light salad, roasted beets, and any kind of steamed veggies. Alternatives: Grilling and Other Fish

You can grill the mahi-mahi instead of pan searing. Here's how:

  • Preheat your gas grill to medium-high heat (or 450 degrees F).

  • Season your fish with salt and pepper, or other desired seasoning (try adding a dash of onion powder or garlic powder or go all-out with your favorite Cajun seasoning, blakening seasoning, etc.) and brush both sides with olive oil.

  • Place each fillet directly on the grill. Grill for approximately 4-5 minutes per side. It’s fully cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 137 degrees F.

  • Remove from the grill and smother in your homemade garlic butter sauce.

If you can’t find mahi-mahi, replace it with another type of flakey white fish like cod, halibut, or tilapia. Total cooking times may vary slightly depending on the size and overall thickness of your fillets.

Recipe Source: The Forked Spoon

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