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A Deep Dive Into Mahi Mahi

Rhea Kamal
Jun 5, 2019

Mahi Mahi has somewhat of an exotic reputation—and with good reason. But for those unfamiliar with this ingredient, seeing it can leave you wondering, “What is mahi mahi?” Also known as Dorado, the deep sea fish comes from tropical and subtropical oceans. But that doesn’t mean it’s rare (or an acquired taste!). Mahi is on the safe list for sustainability, so you don’t have to feel guilty about eating the mild, sweet fish.

Is mahi mahi a dolphin?

A common concern and misconception about mahi mahi is that it’s dolphin. It is technically a ‘dolphin fish’ but it’s a type of ray-finned fish also known as dorado—not the mammal we all know as a dolphin. They have a similar compressed head shape and single dorsal fin but they are different types of animals. 

What is the flavor of mahi mahi like?

Mahi mahi generally has a mild and sweet taste and the texture is somewhat firm.

Is mahi mahi healthy?

As with most seafood, this fish is a great source of protein, but the health benefits of mahi mahi go way beyond that: it’s also full of healthy fats—specifically Omega 3 fatty acids—including DHA and EPA, which support cardiovascular and brain health, while acting as anti-inflammatories. And its antioxidants, minerals and vitamins D, B12, E and selenium help support heart health.

How to cook mahi mahi

At Freshly, our chefs like to dry-fry fillets of fish like this in the oven, so they retain their flavor and moisture. In our Wild-Caught Mahi meal, we coat it in cassava flour, a gluten-free nutrient-dense source of vitamins and minerals, before seasoning it with a blend of spices like cumin, paprika and oregano. Then we top it with a Romesco sauce, and serve it with cilantro-lime basmati rice and a hefty serving of roasted veggies, including zucchini, corn, onions, and red bell peppers.

Farm raised vs wild caught: What you need to know

So what’s the deal with wild-caught fish? As opposed to “farm-raised,” which tend to be raised in tanks and ponds, wild-caught seafood generally comes from seas, rivers and other natural bodies of water. They also may have a higher nutritional profile, because their diet consists of smaller fish, krill, and kelp, which are generally found in the wild. By contrast, farm-raised fish tend to be fed grains and corn. Artificial colors are then sometimes injected into certain fish such as salmon to improve appearance.

Wild-caught Mahi gives you the seafood trifecta: nutrition, flavor, and sustainability. Turns out, you can have your fish and eat it, too.

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A Deep Dive Into Mahi Mahi