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How to Pan Sear Mahi Mahi


Mahi mahi is an exotic, one-of-a-kind fish. It holds a coveted sweetness and mild texture that many seafood lovers crave. Omaha Steaks Mahi Mahi fillets are frozen the day of catch to hold all of the natural nutrient and flavor, so you know you’re getting the highest quality seafood, delivered right to your door. Learn how to perfectly pan sear your mahi mahi at home using these simple steps.

How to Pan Sear Mahi Mahi

Even though there are several ways to cook mahi mahi, one of the easiest ways is to sauté it in a pan. Check out our seafood cooking chart and the Omaha Steaks mobile app with a cooking timer for extra help during the cooking process.

1. Thaw Mahi Mahi

To preserve the flavors and ocean-freshness we recommend thawing your mahi mahi fillets in your refrigerator overnight. The gradual thawing is the best method for keeping freshness intact. If you need your fillets thawed quicker, thawing under cold water is acceptable too. Simply unpackage the desired number of fillets and place them in a sealable plastic bag. Remove as much air from the bag as possible and submerge in cold water for approximately 30 minutes.

2. Preheat Pan to Medium Heat

Start by preheating your skillet to medium or medium-high heat. Add a dash of oil to the skillet as it preheats. This helps to make flipping your fish easier.

3. Season Mahi Mahi

While your skillet is preheating, season your fillets. Add melted butter or oil and season lightly with your favorite marinade, seasoning, or our Omaha Steaks Seafood Rub.

4. Pan Sear Mahi Mahi

Once your skillet is hot, place each mahi mahi fillet into your pan and cook for 6-7 minutes. Flip your fillets and cook for another 5-6 minutes. Remember, mahi mahi is a very lean fish which can make it very easy to dry out. Be sure to keep a close eye during the entire cooking process. You’ll know your mahi mahi has finished cooking when it is opaque throughout and reaches an internal temperature of 145°F. Serve your mahi mahi with lemon slices for a light zing of citrus to complement your fish. Enjoy!

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Editor’s Note: This post was updated in April 2022 for freshness and comprehensiveness.

How to Pan Sear Mahi Mahi


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