Almond Crusted Mahi Mahi with Coconut Basil Sauce

By • May 1, 2012 • 13 Comments


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Author Notes: This recipe works well with any white flesh fish and we've eaten similar with cod and halibut. The vibrant sauce and sweet mango are great compliments to the toasty nuts. We have also used cashews and macadamia nuts.savorthis

Serves 2

Fish

  • 2 pieces mahi mahi fillets
  • 1 cup Finely crushed or sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 mango, peeled, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped
  • splash of lime juice

Basil Coconut Sauce

  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  1. Mix mango, jalapeno, cilantro, lime and a pinch of salt.
  2. Saute the shallot in oil until just starting to brown. Add garlic, ginger and zests and cook another minute or two until fragrant. Add remaining ingredients, stirring for a minute, then blend to desired consistency. Return to pan and heat slowly until sauce thickens. Add sriracha or chili sauce if desired.
  3. Heat some oil in a heavy bottom pan over medium heat. Press fish into almonds and coconut, flipping over and pressing again to get a good coating. Cook fish in pan flipping once about for 7-8 minutes depending on size. Be careful not to burn the nuts and reduce heat if necessary.
  4. Spoon sauce onto plate, top with fish and mango salsa. Serve with a side of rice if desired.

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6 months ago Tessita

I made this last night and the sauce was especially delicious! It can be used with many other dishes other than fish. I did not have fish sauce which was fine. I was generous with lime and lemon zest and included a bit in the almond, coconut coating. Important! Coat the fish in egg/flour before pressing almond because it won't adhere to fish otherwise. This is what we do with chicken as well. Delicious recipe - enjoy!

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11 months ago Madhuja

Everything about this recipe seems incredibly delicious! I cannot wait to try it! :)

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11 months ago savorthis

Thanks you! If you do please let me know how you like it.

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11 months ago echo

This was a awesome dish. The mango and cilantro added a nice sweet fragrant taste to the Mahi. I will be sharing this recipe with all my friends and family. Thanks

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11 months ago savorthis

I'm so glad you tried it and liked it! We make similar versions all summer long.

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11 months ago sdebrango

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This sounds delicious, I love the coconut basil sauce, what a delicious recipe.

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about 1 year ago ChefFace

OMG! I can't wait until the weather heats up and my family brings in some fresh mahi, this is going in the box for summer meals yummmmm... beautiful

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about 1 year ago savorthis

Thank you ~ I wish someone could bring US some fresh mahi mahi....not much to be found in Colorado though!

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about 1 year ago ChefFace

#spoiled #sclowcountry

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almost 2 years ago krusher

Review of your recipes shows me we have similar savory tastes. I have taken the liberty of taking your recipe to try. Just from reading it I know it will be terrific. Thanks for sharing.

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almost 2 years ago savorthis

Thanks krusher. Let me know how it works out! It seems I am stuck on almost always adding a bit of sweet to all my savory. I posted a similar dish using farro and mussels and scallops that incorporates a shallot/ginger sprinkle that would work here too maybe in place of the nut crust.

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almost 2 years ago gingerroot

This is beautiful and sounds delicious.

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almost 2 years ago savorthis

Thank you! We make variations on this theme all the time. Macadamia nuts are also divine.