Mahi, Two Ways: Part One

Well hellodie from the fishing scene in Istanbul! Follow the journey from the Turkish shore all the way back to Morehead City’s Captain Jim’s Seafood, and then straight in to Peg’s Kitchen for a lively adventure in fish prep! First, Istanbul, 2013… Lone fishermen in small boats catch Bluefish on the Bosphorus Strait and deliver them straight to the docks where they are cooked on sight for locals and tourists alike. Fanciful, docked, decorative boats serve as open air kitchens. Can NOT get any fresher than that! The cooks are constantly singing melodic tunes of “Balik Ekmek”, meaning “Fish Sandwich.” We indulged happily!

Fast forward to 2021 , where we are state side, and here in Greenville, NC cooking some great fresh mahi filets, two ways! No need to escape to the shore, I’m gonna school ya from right here. So, Be Inspired and Come in Hungry! Perhaps one of these recipes will become your signature fish dish…One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish! (Thank you Dr. Seuss.)

First Way: Sautéed Mahi with Clarified Butter

6 oz mahi filet, 11/2″ thick
1/4 t Kosher salt
1/2 t fresh ground black pepper
1 t olive oil
2 Tbs clarified butter
1/4 cup dry white wine, more if needed
1 Tbs capers
1/4 cup baby tomatoes
1 Tbs chopped chives, for serving
Cilantro, for serving

Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper.
Heat skillet over medium-high heat.
Drizzle oil on bottom of skillet.
Add butter to skillet and swirl to evenly coat pan.
Add fish to skillet.
Cook 4 minutes.
Flip fish to other side.
Add wine, capers, and tomatoes to skillet.
Reduce heat to medium low.
Cook 6 minutes, until cooked through.

To plate:
Place filet on plate.
Spoon cooking juices with capers and tomatoes over filet.
Garnish with chives and cilantro.
Serve with a side of roasted red potatoes.

Mahi with Charred Tomatoes

Entree Seafood Mahi and TomatoesBeing in the kitchen and cooking serve as my creative outlet. I like to concoct on the fly so keeping a good variety of items in the fridge and pantry is handy. I’ve just learned that Captain Jim’s (my favorite seafood market 80 miles east and on the coast) delivers to Greenville every other week. Since I stopped eating beef in January, this is a very happy discovery for me. So last weekend I got to pick up and then freeze a dozen, yes 12, freshly caught mahi steaks. TD is in Chapel Hill for a continuing ed conference; hence, I was flying solo last night. So…I thawed a mahi fillet and searched the fridge for what else was on hand. I had a few mixed tomatoes and fresh dill. So here’s what I did. Literally 12 minutes from start to stop. A mere 250 calories to boot (yes, I researched it)! Thank you. I’ll have two please. Licking my lips yet again!

4 6oz mahi fillets
1/4 t salt
1/2 t pepper
2 Tbs butter
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 t olive oil
Pint mixed color cherry or grape tomatoes
1 Tbs chopped fresh dill

Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper.
Heat skillet over medium-high heat.
Add butter to skillet and swirl to evenly coat pan.
Add fish to skillet.
Cook 1 minute.
Flip fish to other side.
Add wine to skillet.
Cover skillet with lid and reduce heat to medium low.
Cook 7 to 8 minutes, until cooked through.
In small skillet heat olive oil over high heat.
Add tomatoes and cook 3 minutes shaking skillet, until lightly charred and tender.

To plate:
Place fillet on each plate.
Spoon cooking juice over fillet.
Top with tomatoes.
Garnish with dill.