Mahi-Mahi alla Fiorentina

Inspiration: B and I are always looking for new fish recipes. We love seafood of any type, and it’s one of the healthiest things that you can eat. I always plan at least one fish recipe per week, though I try to make it two.

What we Loved: I was really pleasantly surprised by this meal. Marinara sauce doesn’t exactly seem like a very good compliment to fish, does it? But the recipe looked and sounded really good to me on a particular day, so I threw it on the menu. And I’m so glad that I did, because I’m sure that it will become one of my staple fish recipes. I loved it! Mahi-mahi is a fairly heavy fish, almost like chicken or a steak, so the rich marinara sauce wasn’t too overpowering but really complimented the fish well. Since the fish was cooked so simply, the sauce really added some necessary and great flavor. I mentioned to B that this meal tasted like something that you would get in an Italian restaurant. And it’s so incredibly simple to make! I served this with some broccolini that I steamed and then sauteed in butter, and it was really the perfect side dish. What a great Italian meal!

Helpful Hints: I used my own marinara sauce in this recipe, but if you don’t have any on hand, Giada provides a really simple sauce in the original recipe that I’m sure would work beautifully.

Mahi-mahi alla Fiorentina
Source: Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis

2 mahi-mahi filets
Kosher salt and black pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup marinara sauce (I used leftover sauce that I had in the freezer from this recipe)
5-6 basil leaves, thinly sliced

1. Season both sides of the fish with salt and pepper. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat, and then add the fish. Cook for 5-7 minutes per side, until the fish is browned and cooked through.

2. While the fish is cooking, heat the marinara sauce in a small sauce pan.

3. Serve the fish over the marinara sauce and topped with the sliced basil leaves.


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