Mahi Mahi with Mango Salsa

In early May, my husband and I visited Costa Rica for the first time with some of our friends. If you have not been there before, I highly recommend it! You can find a perfect mix of adventure and relaxation, and a wealth of activities on the beach or in the mountains. The scenery is breathtaking, and you could spend all day just soaking in its beauty.

Costa Rica View

Costa Rica View

When traveling anywhere, I enjoy experiencing the culture and lifestyle of the locals, especially learning about and tasting local cuisine. While there, we spoke with one of our tour guides, Alex, about what a typical day’s meals consist of. He said that Costa Ricans have rice and beans at every meal combined with a protein. The most interesting part of their diet, as stated by Alex, is that they tend to stay away from desserts for the fear of developing diabetes. They choose fruit to satisfy their sweet cravings, and the variety of produce locally available was incredible! On our trip, we had multiple meals consisting of fresh seafood combined with produce, and I have enjoyed recreating it since we have been back!

Before our trip, I had not really cooked with mango and had never cut it up myself. But, I enjoyed the flavor so much in Costa Rica, I started using it more since we have been home. Although peeling it can be intimidating at first, once you understand how to do it, it is a fairly easy process (see my suggestions on peeling below). One of my friends shared this recipe with me and suggested I try it. I made a few alterations (including using Mahi Mahi instead of Salmon), but my husband and I loved it! It has INCREDIBLE flavor and best of all, it is so easy to make. I also made oven-roasted green beans that cook in the oven at the same time. In about twenty-five minutes, I had a complete and healthy meal on the dinner table!

*To peel a mango: Hold the mango with one hand and stand it on its end, stem side down. Cut down the middle while being aware of the pit in the middle {You will find it difficult to cut when you are near the pit.} Repeat on the other side. Cut into smaller sections. Next, either peel the skin off and then cut (as seen below) or make crosswise cuts (without cutting through the peel), invert so the segments are sticking up and pull the segments right off of the peel or use a knife to separate.

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For the recipe, first prepare the Mango Salsa. Combine the diced mango, diced red pepper, diced red onion, finely chopped jalapeño, chopped cilantro leaves and juice of one lime in a bowl. Chill until ready.

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Next, rinse and pat dry the Mahi Mahi. In a small bowl, combine the garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper. Spoon this mixture on top of the fish and rub in.

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Cook the Mahi Mahi at 400°F for 10 minutes or until center is just opaque (you can also grill the fish for about 10 minutes). After the fish is cooked, squeeze fresh lime juice on top and then finish with the mango salsa. Enjoy!

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Mahi Mahi with Mango Salsa
 
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Ingredients
  • For the mango salsa:
  • ½-1 mango, diced
  • ½ red pepper, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • ½ small jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • ¼ cup packed cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 4-6oz Mahi Mahi Filet (adjust for the number of people being served)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Fresh lime juice to season
Instructions
  1. First, prepare the Mango Salsa: combine the diced mango, diced red pepper, diced red onion, finely chopped jalapeño, chopped cilantro leaves and juice of one lime in a bowl.
  2. Chill the salsa until ready.
  3. Next, rinse and pat dry the Mahi Mahi.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper.
  5. Spoon this mixture on top of the fish and rub in.
  6. Cook the Mahi Mahi at 400°F for 10 minutes or until center is just opaque (you can also grill the fish for about 10 minutes).
  7. After the fish is cooked, squeeze fresh lime juice on top and then finish with the mango salsa.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 piece of Mahi Mahi and ½ cup salsa Calories: 204 Fat: 1.6 Saturated fat: 0.1 Carbohydrates: 14.9 Sodium: 193.8 Fiber: 2.8 Protein: 32

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