Grilled Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa

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Light and citrusy Grilled Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa is a simple summer meal that has unbelievable flavor and looks beautiful, too!

Light and citrusy Grilled Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa is a simple summer meal that has unbelievable flavor and looks beautiful, too!

Grilled Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa

Summer is pretty much upon us, and I’m craving all the light, bright, and fresh foods. This Grilled Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa is the epitome of a picture-perfect summertime meal. You’ve got sweet, you’ve got citrus, you’ve got fresh and savory fish. I mean, it really has it all, and I love how easily it all comes together.

Grilling fish is super low-maintenance and fast, and it lends such a beautiful flavor and charred texture to the fillets. Plus, this pineapple salsa comes together with almost zero effort, too… My favorite type of cooking! All you do is throw all your produce — pineapple, red bell pepper, red onion, and a seeded jalapeno — into a food processor with a little lemon or lime juice, salt, and pepper, and blend away until it’s slightly chunky! Like I said, could NOT be easier. Get this on your summer dinner line-up, stat. Trust me!

Light and citrusy Grilled Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa is a simple summer meal that has unbelievable flavor and looks beautiful, too!

What does grilled mahi mahi taste like?

Mahi mahi is a low-fat white fish that’s extremely light and less fishy than some other types of fish (like salmon). It’s almost even sweet, with some tenderness to it. It’s a lean protein, so mahi mahi is great for a light and bright dinner after a busy summer day!

What do you eat mahi mahi with?

Mahi Mahi is super light, so it goes great with rice and a lot of different veggies. Since this is a grilling recipe, and it grills fairly quickly, I like to pair it with fast-cooking vegetables, like asparagus, zucchini, yellow squash, and grilled sliced tomatoes.

Does mahi mahi smell fishy?

Mahi mahi shouldn’t smell fishy or feel mushy — if it does, that may be a sign that the fish has gone bad. It should still smell fresh, and may smell somewhat like the sea or more neutral, and it should feel firm and moist.

Light and citrusy Grilled Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa is a simple summer meal that has unbelievable flavor and looks beautiful, too!

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Light and citrusy Grilled Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa is a simple summer meal that has unbelievable flavor and looks beautiful, too!

Grilled Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x

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Light and citrusy Grilled Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa is a simple summer meal that has unbelievable flavor and looks beautiful, too!


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Ingredients

For the Grilled Fish

  • 4 8-ounce mahi mahi fillets
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 lemons, halved
  • Additional salt and pepper to taste

For the Pineapple Salsa

  • 1 cup fresh pineapple
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded
  • Juice from one lemon (or lime)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Rinse the fish, and lay it onto paper towels. Use the paper towels to pat the fish dry, and place the fillets on a wire rack (a baking or cooling rack placed inside of a baking sheet works great to catch any drips and spills).
  2. Sprinkle half the salt and half the pepper over the fish. Carefully drizzle half of the olive oil over the seasoned fish. Using a pastry brush or your fingers, evenly distribute the oil all over that side of the fish. Flip the fish over on the rack and repeat with remaining salt, pepper, and oil. Let the fish rest while you fire up the grill.
  3. Turn your grill on to high, and allow it to heat for 5 minutes, until the grill is very hot. Carry the fish out, and open the lid to the grill — it should be very hot. Use a brush to scrape the grill grate clean, and then lower the temperature to low.
  4. Place the fish on the grill, close the lid, and leave the fish to cook with the lid closed for 8 to 10 minutes, until the fish is flaky when you test it with the tip of a knife. You should not need to flip the fish. Using a metal spatula, remove from the grill.
  5. Sprinkle with additional sea salt and lemon juice before serving, and then serve with additional lemon slices (the first squeeze of lemon isn’t optional — it makes it amazing, but additional lemon for serving is based on personal taste).
  6. To make the salsa, add all of the ingredients to the bowl of a food processor, and pulse until things are chopped into small pieces (but not totally turned into a liquid). Add salt and pepper to taste, and additional lemon or lime juice. Make sure you do not under-salt.
  7. To serve, add the fish to a bed of rice if you’d like, top with salsa, and serve with additional lemon juice.

Notes

  • This recipe is for mahi mahi fillets that are about 1 inch thick. If you have thinner fish, it will cook faster — just keep an eye on it. If your fish is thicker, turn once at the 5 minute mark, and grill for another 5 minutes.
  • Fish grills quickly, so this is a great recipe to grill alongside quick cooking vegetables, like asparagus and zucchini.
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: grill
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: grilled fish, mahi mahi, 30 minute dinner, dinner recipe

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.