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"You Know How We Do It" grilled mahi mahi with papaya-tequila lime sauce

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Easy grilled mahi-mahi fish - Ready in 10 minutes it's a simple and delicious weeknight dish worthy of special occasion status.

Fresh fish is seasoned with a homemade jerk spice mix, grilled, and then served over a papaya and tequila-based sauce.

grilled mahi mahi in bowl with sauce and blackeyed pea salad

The fish is simply seasoned with dry jerk seasoning then quickly grilled and served over a delicious papaya tequila sauce. The boozy sweet sauce brings the fish alive elevating a weeknight dish to BOSS status!

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This recipe came together after a guys fishing trip in Mexico. We caught a lot of mahi mahi and for one dish the in-house chef made a tequila based sauce with it. Of all the recipes grilled mahi mahi was my favorite. It was a great trip and we did it big!

guy holding large mahi mahi fish

Grilled Mahi Mahi Ingredients

For the Fish

For the Sauce

  • Tequila
  • Lime Juice
  • Fresh Papaya
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Grilled Mahi Mahi Instructions

Make the Sauce

Peel and de-seed the papaya. Chop into chunks then puree in blender with tequila and lime juice. Set aside.

Grill the Fish

Cook the Fish Instructions

  • Lightly brush the mahi mahi on both sides with olive oil and season with the jerk spice mix.

mahi mahi with jerk spice on a cutting board

  • Lightly oil the grill grids
  • Grill over coals or internally on a grill pan or under a broiler for 5-6 minutes per side.

mahi mahi in grill pan

mahi mahi grilling

  • Feel free to serve with the papaya-tequila sauce and top with black-eyed pea salad

grilled mahi mahi on top of papaya sauce and topped with salsa

Cooking Variations

This dish works with other white fish. Snapper is always a good choice. The key is choosing a fish that stands up to the grill well. Salmon, steelhead, bass are also other good options.

If you don't have access to papaya, I've used mango as well. With mango I prefer fresh, but frozen works pretty well too. You'll just need to plan ahead and leave at room temperature for a while.

Jerk is my favorite seasoning and I keep a jar mixed up and on hand like salt and pepper. Feel free to buy store bought from your favorite local or online spice shop. Or you can keep it simple and go with salt and pepper.

grilled mahi mahi on top of papaya sauce and topped with salsa

Recipe Tips

The liquor is not cooked off so limit the sauce to adults only. This is also reason to choose a quality tequila. You don't want one with a lot of bite to it.

Feel free to make the sauce a day ahead to save time.

Allow the raw fish to reach room temperature before grilling.

Grilled mahi mahi pairs well with many different sides. I made this fresh, light black-eyed pea salad a few days prior and reserved some for this dish. The salad has a clean taste making it a good fit with the vibrant sauce. The black-eyed pea salad adds some heft to the dish to ensure a full belly.

MORE GRILLED FISH RECIPES

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon

Grilled Salmon Fillet

Smoked Trout

Tea Rubbed Salmon

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grilled mahi mahi in bowl with sauce and blackeyed pea salad

Jerk Grilled Mahi Mahi w/ Papaya-Tequila Lime Sauce

Mahi mahi fish grilled to perfection and served with bright, flavorful papaya-tequila lime sauce.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Modern Soul Food
Servings: 4 people
Calories:
Author: Marwin Brown

Ingredients

Mahi Mahi Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds mahi mahi cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon jerk spice

Red Papaya Tequila Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 medium lime juiced
  • 1 pound ripe red papaya peeled, seeded, and chopped (about 3 cups)
  • ¼ cup quality silver tequila

Instructions

Cook the Fish Instructions

  • Lightly brush the mahi mahi on both sides with olive oil and season to taste with jerk seasoning
  • Lightly oil the grill grids
  • Grill over coals or internally on a grill pan or under a broiler for 5-6 minutes per side.
  • Serve the fish with the black-eyed pea salad on top.

Make the Sauce Instructions

  • Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth

Video

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Notes

Can be made up to a day ahead and refrigerated

Nutrition

Serving: 0g | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg
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Dennise Gierman

Thursday 30th of August 2018

This fruit also has some crucial general overall health benefits as effectively. For that reason, listed here are some overall health rewards of the papaya fruit:Eye Overall health Positive aspects: In accordance to a review performed by the Archives of Ophthalmology ingesting at least 3 servings of fruits a day such as fruits such as Papaya can aid to reduce your dangers for the age connected eye condition macular degeneration. Furthermore, this sweet tasting fruit also is composed of the vitamins A, C, and E important antioxidants useful in enhancing eyesight and safeguarding eyesight overall health.

moopbrown

Friday 31st of August 2018

Very insightful and useful. Thanks for sharing.