The best part, you ask? This quick marinade recipe can be used for grilled, baked, and pan-seared mahi mahi (aka dolphin fish). If you are a fan of quick Seafood Dinners, this simple marinade is a great back-pocket recipe that I know you will go back to often.
To make this easy mahi mahi marinade recipe, you’ll need olive oil, minced garlic, lime zest, fresh lime juice, honey, paprika, kosher salt, black pepper, and of course, mahi mahi fillets.
How to Marinate Mahi Mahi
Wondering what to marinate mahi mahi in? Whether you’re baking, pan-frying or grilling mahi mahi, this easy recipe will take your dish to the next level.
- Mix marinade ingredients: In a bowl large enough to fit your fish fillets, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, lime zest, lime juice, honey, paprika, salt, and pepper. Reserve two tablespoons of the marinade and set it aside.
- Dry the fillets: Use paper towels to dry both sides of the fillets thoroughly.
- Marinate the mahi mahi: Place the dried fillets in the marinade bowl and toss to coat. Then, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
- Cook the fillets: Once the fillets are ready to cook, remove them from the marinade and cook them using your preferred method. When you finish cooking the marinated mahi mahi, drizzle the fillets with the reserved marinade and serve.
It’s a cinch to make this marinade recipe ahead of time.
Simply whisk together the ingredients and store the mixture in an airtight jar in the fridge. Then, marinate your dolphin fish fillets 30 minutes before you’d like to cook the fish.
Whether you want to know how to cook mahi mahi on the grill or how long to marinate your tender fish, I have you covered! These FAQs have all you need to make a delicious fish recipe that is guaranteed to impress.
I recommend marinating your mahi mahi for 20-30 minutes. Any longer, and the lime juice’s acid may begin to cook your fish.
Yes, you can rinse your fillets if you want to. Just be sure to rinse them in cold water to keep your fresh fish safe.
Yes! This marinade will work for dozens of great recipes. You can cook mahi mahi directly on the grill (or in a piece of foil), bake your fillets into fish tacos, cook them on cedar planks, and more.
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Mahi Mahi Marinade Recipe
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- ¼ cup lime juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 4 6-8 oz mahi mahi fillets
- Place olive oil, garlic, lime zest, lime juice, honey, paprika, kosher salt, and pepper in a large bowl big enough to accommodate mahi mahi fillets. Give it a whisk until fully combined.
- Reserve two tablespoons of the marinade and set it aside.
- Thoroughly dry the fillets on both sides using paper towels.
- Add the now-dried fillets to the bowl and toss to coat. Cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
- When ready to cook (or grill), remove from the marinade and cook using your preferred method. Once cooked, drizzle it with the reserved marinade.
- This recipe makes about 2/3 cups of marinade which should be good for marinating four 6-8 oz of mahi mahi fillets. If you are using more fish, you can easily multiply the recipe.
- Make-ahead Instructions: Mix all the marinade ingredients in a mason jar, give it a shake, and store in the refrigerator. Thirty minutes before you are ready to cook or grill your Mahi Mahi, dry them thoroughly and place them in a large shallow plate. Pour marinade over making sure that the fish fillets are thoroughly coated with the marinade.