Mahi Mahi Tacos

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Mahi Mahi means "very strong" in the Hawaiian language - the fish is so good they named it twice! Also known as dolphinfish, due to its large dorsal fin and size, weighing up to 30 pounds, it's not related to the dolphin. Mahi Mahi is a beautiful fish that sparkles with colors of gold, blue and teal green, meaty in taste and texture, making it the perfect fish for tacos.

Mahi Mahi Tacos are a quick and easy dish to make for either lunch, brunch, or dinner and are filled with bursts of different flavors in every bite. Flour tortillas are crisped up in the oven and served with blackened pan-seared Mahi Mahi, topped with Pineapple Mango Salsa, shredded cabbage, and slices of avocado, fresh cilantro, and lime wedges to tie it all together. Enjoy with a pint of craft beer and some crispy tortilla chips on the side. 

Let's not forget the health benefits of adding fish into your diet. Fish is a lean protein, low in calories and high amounts of omega-3s, iron, and vitamin B. This dish should leave you feeling satisfied with room for dessert! Finish your tacos off with a slice of Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Will mahi mahi fall apart on the grill?

To cook fish properly on a grill requires some practice and technique; fish tends to fall apart because it sticks to the grill. To successfully BBQ fish, ensure that the grill is hot enough, is clean, and has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray or greased with an oiled paper towel or cloth. The fish should be as dry as possible; drying the fish off with paper towels will help prevent the fish from sticking to the grill. Again non-stick spray is your friend; giving the fish a spray before placing it onto the grills will help a lot. Using a fish spatula to turn and flip the fish is also crucial for cooking fish. Fish is a delicate protein to cook, so treat it well, and it will return the favor.   

Should I take the skin off mahi mahi?

Mahi Mahi is a very thick-skinned fish, and the skin is not pleasant to eat. However, the skin can be left on during the cooking process and peeled off once it's ready. 

How do you cook mahi tacos?

Mahi can be cooked several ways for tacos or any dish. A few ways to enjoy Mahi Mahi are frying, baking, pan searing, blackening, air frying, or grilling. 

Can you eat mahi mahi raw?

Yes, Mahi Mahi can be consumed raw. It's an excellent fish for ceviche, tataki, sashimi, or sushi rolls. Just be sure the fish is fresh and from a trusted seafood vendor. 
Author: Jennifer Dodd
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins



Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and place a large non-stick pan with the olive oil onto the stovetop setting it to high heat.  
Arrange the pieces of fish onto a dish or plate. Pat the fish dry with a paper towel and season the fish with the blackening spice. 
While the pan is heating up, spread the tortilla shells out onto a baking tray, and place them into the oven to heat and crisp up for 5 minutes. 
Using a pair of tongs, carefully add the seasoned fish into the hot pan, searing the fish for 2 minutes on each side. 
Remove the tray of tortillas from the oven, and divide the fish evenly into the shells. Top each with shredded cabbage, avocado slices, cilantro, and pineapple mango salsa. 
Place the tacos onto a sharing platter, adding the limes wedges around the plate. Time to relax, pour some beers and have a Mahi Mahi taco fiesta! 
If you enjoyed this taco recipe, check out these other taco recipes from the Classic Bakes library. Ranch Chicken Tacos Instant Pot Pulled Pork Tacos, Keto Beef Tacos, or Taco Salad

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