Citrus Glazed Mahi Mahi

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This Citrus Glazed Mahi Mahi is beyond delicious. Mahi Mahi is such a decadently mild, white fish to begin with, and the pop of citrus flavor takes this recipe to an entirely different level. The orange zest is fresh and vibrant, which really complements the other slightly sweet flavors in this dish.

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MAHI MAHI WITH A CITRUS TWIST

Dorado, another name for Mahi Mahi, is a well-known and highly sought after fish. Mahi Mahi is delicate, flaky, and full of flavor when prepared correctly. The lean meat of Mahi Mahi is firm and slightly sweet, with a mild to moderate flavor that is very similar to that of swordfish. The darker parts of the fillet can be trimmed off to achieve a milder taste if desired.

Citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges are commonly used in various cooking methods to spruce up the flavor and counter many of the saltier flavors that can be found in seafood. The salt and acid work together to create a flavorful dish that has well-rounded flavors.

This recipe’s simple citrus glaze is out of this world. Topping the Mahi Mahi with the citrus glaze gives it a burst of fresh orange flavor. All you need to round out this simple fish dinner is a green salad or some vegetables.

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WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE

  • Incredible flavor: This combination of the mild fish topped with the citrus glaze hits all the right notes: sweet and salty, with a hint of umami!
  • Simple to make: When it comes to cooking the fish, the oven does all the work for you. The citrus glaze comes together in a matter of minutes while the fish is cooking.
  • So healthy: Mahi Mahi is abundant in vitamins B3, B5, B6, and B12. B3 promotes cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol. It also promotes healthy skin, brain function, and it can even help prevent arthritis.
  • An easy, quick meal: You can have this meal on your table in under 20 minutes. For those who are constantly on the go, this is a great option!
  • A crowd pleaser: Sweet and savory flavors are well-balanced in this dish, making it a hit with everyone.

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF MAHI MAHI

There are so many wonderful health benefits to incorporating Mahi Mani in your diet. Did you know that Mahi Mahi is a great source of…

  • Protein,
  • Essential amino acids,
  • Vitamins and minerals (sodium, selenium, Vitamin B, and more!), and
  • Omega-3 fatty acids?

In addition, Mahi Mahi is naturally a low-calorie option that promotes metabolism, heart health, and brain function.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE MAHI MAHI WITH CITRUS GLAZE

EQUIPMENT

  • Baking dish
  • Sauce pan
  • Spoon

INGREDIENTS

  • Mahi mahi fillets
  • Avocado oil spray (or any cooking spray of your choice)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Low sugar orange marmalade (I use Publix brand)
  • Orange
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

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HOW TO MAKE CITRUS GLAZED MAHI MAHI

  • Preheat your oven to 550 degrees.
  • Put the fish in a baking dish.
  • Spray with avocado oil spray and season with salt and pepper.

Citrus Glazed Mahi Mahi - Cooking With Fudge

  • Bake for 7-10 minutes.
  • While the fish is cooking, heat the orange marmalade, 2-3 tablespoons of orange juice, and red pepper flakes in a sauce pan.

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  • Once the fish is done, top with the sauce and garnish with orange zest.

VARIATIONS TO THIS RECIPE

  • You can use any type of fish you like for this dish. Grouper, cod, and trout are all great options!

  • If you don’t mind artificial sweeteners, you could use sugar-free orange marmalade.

  • As a matter of fact, you can even switch up the flavor of marmalade. A flavor like apricot or peach sounds divine!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DO YOU REMOVE THE SKIN FROM THE MAHI MAHI?

You can really go either way with this one, as it’s a matter of personal preference. The skin has a stronger fish flavor, so if you prefer a more mild experience, you can remove the skin before or after cooking. However, it is better to keep the skin on when grilling so the fillets won’t fall apart while being flipped over.

WHAT EXACTLY DOES MAHI MAHI TASTE LIKE?

Mahi Mahi, like many other tropical fish, has a mild and sweet flavor. Flakiness-wise, it’s similar to halibut while density-wise, it’s similar to swordfish. Halibut and swordfish can be substituted for Mahi Mahi in this recipe.

IS THERE A LOT OF MERCURY IN MAHI MAHI?

The mercury content of Mahi Mahi is typically considered to be on the low to moderate scale. The FDA found an average concentration of mercury in Mahi Mahi of 0.178 PPM (parts per million). Put another way, 0.1 PPM is considered to be “low,” so a level of 0.178 PPM falls into the “moderate” range.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR STORING, REHEATING, AND FREEZING

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO STORE CITRUS GLAZED MAHI MAHI?

Allowing leftover Citrus Glazed Mahi Mahi to cool completely before placing it in a shallow covered container is the best way to store it. Make sure the dish does not sit out at room temperature for more than two hours.

If the fish has been out at room temperature for more than two hours, you’ll want to throw it out to avoid getting food poisoning.

Once stored properly, this dish can be kept in the refrigerator for up to three days. Freezing your leftover fish is the best option if you will not use it within this period.

HOW DO YOU REHEAT CITRUS GLAZED MAHI MAHI?

If possible, avoid using a microwave. Microwaves can overcook food on the outside while leaving the inside cold. If you microwave fish, you run the risk of drying it out, resulting in an unwanted tough or rubbery texture. In addition, using a microwave for cooking seafood can result in an unpleasant fishy aroma because of the way the fatty oils are broken down. (If you’ve ever worked in an office with a shared kitchen, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about here.)

However, if using a microwave is the only option, adding a splash of water and covering the fish while reheating it in the microwave is always a good idea. Remove the cover carefully afterward to avoid getting burned by the steam.

This dish is best reheated in a low-temperature oven. An oven’s constant heat evenly redistributes through the food during the reheating process. In addition, the slow reheating process does not break down fatty oils as the microwave does, so your Mahi Mahi will still smell flavorful without being overpowering.

Follow these easy steps to reheat your fish in an oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 275 degrees..
  • Drizzle a little water over the leftover fish, and then cover it with aluminum foil.
  • Reheat the fish for 10-15 minutes until it reaches an internal temperature of between 125 and 130 degrees.

CAN YOU FREEZE CITRUS GLAZED MAHI MAHI?

While the best time to freeze fish is when it is still fresh, cooked fish can also be frozen. After cooking your fish, set it aside at room temperature for no more than two hours until it has completely cooled. You should never freeze fish that has just come out of the oven or stove as the heat will steam, causing an unwanted tough or rubbery texture.

Wrap the fish in aluminum foil and place it in a shallow covered container or freezer-safe bag. If you’re going to wrap cooked fish in aluminum foil, make sure there’s no exposed flesh. Remove as much air as possible from the bag before sealing it. This Citrus Glazed Mahi Mahi can be kept in the freezer for up to three months.

When reheating frozen leftover fish, you will want to take precautions to avoid drying it out during the cooking process. Allowing enough time for the food to thaw in the refrigerator before reheating will ensure that it is evenly reheated following the instructions provided above.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

This Citrus Glazed Mahi Mahi makes four servings. Each serving comes out to 162 calories, 2 WW Green SmartPoints®, 1 WW Blue SmartPoint®, and 1 WW Purple SmartPoint®.

Go here to calculate your own WW PersonalPoints™ for this recipe.

MORE DELICIOUS RECIPES

Looking for a side dish to serve with this recipe? It goes great with my Citrus Glazed Brussels Sprouts!

If you’re wanting more fish recipes, be sure to check out my Salmon With Lemon Dill Sauce!

If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment below, or post a picture and tag me on FacebookInstagramPinterest, or Twitter with @cookingwithfudge or #cookingwithfudge.

Originally posted on September 3, 2020. Reposted on June 17, 2022 with different pictures and more detailed instructions.

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Citrus Glazed Mahi Mahi

This Citrus Glazed Mahi Mahi is light with the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. This meal takes only a few minutes from start to finish, making it the perfect option for a weeknight dinner.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 162kcal
5 from 26 votes
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Adjustable Servings: 4 servings

Equipment

  • Baking dish
  • Sauce pan
  • Spoon

Ingredients

  • 1 pound mahi mahi fillets
  • Avocado oil spray (or any cooking spray of your choice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons low sugar orange marmalade
  • 1 orange, juiced and zested
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 550 degrees.
  • Put the fish in a baking dish.
  • Spray with avocado oil spray and season with salt and pepper.
  • Bake for 7-10 minutes.
  • While the fish is cooking, heat the orange marmalade, 2-3 tablespoons of orange juice, and red pepper flakes in a sauce pan.
  • Once the fish is done, top with the sauce and garnish with orange zest.

Notes

This Citrus Glazed Mahi Mahi makes four servings. Each serving comes out to 162 calories, 2 WW Green SmartPoints®, 1 WW Blue SmartPoint®, and 1WW Purple SmartPoint®.
Recipe URL: https://cookingwithfudge.com/citrus-glazed-mahi-mahi/

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 406mg | Potassium: 531mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 352IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg
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16 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Oh, how wonderful. I love a zesty bright fish dish that is also super healthy and quick. This one’s a keeper!

  2. 5 stars
    You had me at citrus. I love everything citrus so this recipe totally hit the spot. Loved the combo of the orange marmalade with the red pepper flakes. Great recipe.

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