Monday, June 22, 2009

Blackened Mahi Mahi, Couscous, and Asparagus

We don't eat much fish in this household, but after eating this one, the hubz and I decided that we should probably try to change that.

We have the in-laws over every so often, and every time they come, they bring a bunch of food with them. This time, they left behind two big mahi mahi steaks. Since mahi mahi is a very "meaty" fish, we thought they would go well with a nice bold flavor instead of the delicate flavors usually associated with fish, and decided on blackened mahi mahi.

This whole meal was shockingly quick and easy while being super tasty and healthy. I even cheated by using the microwave for the asparagus and was pleasantly surprised by the results. I'm definitely keeping that little trick in my repetoire from now on!

Anyway, if you'd like to give this meal a try, here's how...

For the fish -
- Mahi Mahi or any other "meaty" fish
- Salt
- Pepper
- Paprika
- Oregano
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Cayenne
- Cumin

For the asparagus -
- Asparagus spears
- Salt
- Pepper
- Lemon

For the couscous -
- Couscous
- Water or some sort of broth
- Salt

For garnish (optional) -
- Lemon
- Parsley

For the fish -
- Mix the spices in a bowl and pat a nice generous layer on to both sides of the fish filet.
- Heat a nice heavy-bottomed pan (we used our castiron) until smoking hot.
- If desired, add a bit of oil to the pan, though we found it wasn't necessary.
- Put the fish in the pan and put the lid on. Don't touch it until a nice crust has formed (a few minutes, depending on how thick your fish is).
- Flip the fish and repeat the step above and leave it in the pan until the fish has cooked through.

For the asparagus -
- Rinse the asparagus and trim off the tough ends.
- Some of my asparagus were monstrously thick, so I split them down the middle length-wise to make them more uniform. This isn't necessary, but it's what I did.
- Lay the asparagus flat in a dish and sprinkle them with salt and pepper.
- Pop them in the microwave until they're cooked but still have a crunch to them (this took about 1.5 minutes for me, but it'll depend on your microwave and how thick your asparagus are).
- Squeeze some lemon juice over the asparagus and they're ready to serve!

For the Couscous -
- Follow the directions on the back of the box.
For me, I brought the chicken stock and a bit of salt to a boil on the stove top, added the couscous. Then I turned off the heat, put the lid on and let it sit for 5 minutes. I then fluffed it with a fork and served it with the fish and asparagus.

My hubz came up with both versions of the presentation. Pretty good, huh?


Elra said...

Oh I love this mahi mahi serve with asparagus, and couscous. Sound so healthy and delicious.

Christina Kim said...

I definitely don't eat enough fish at home, but it is so easy to cook!! I love mahimahi, and I really like that spice combo you used. Yum!!!

lisaiscooking said...

Blackened mahi mahi sounds great! Looks delicious with the crust too.

foodhoe said...

I just had mahimahi over the weekend and think your spice mix sounds much more interesting. Looks like a delicious meal!

That Girl said...

I'm laughing, because pretty much the only thing I'd eat would be the couscous. I'm not a picky eater, but I don't like fish or asparagus. What a pain I am!

Colleen said...

Mmm, this makes me think of being on vacation - looks great!

Jackie said...

Looks healthy and very tasty. That's a keeper!I just bookmarked your page

MaryBeth said...

I have never had mahi mahi but I would really love to try it...this meal is gorgeous!!!

Reeni♥ said...

This blackended fish looks so delicious! What a lovely crust it has to it. A nice meal all the way around!

Carolyn Jung said...

How come my relatives don't leave me big hunks of fresh fish? What's up with that? Obviously, you have higher-caliber in-laws. ;)

Jo said...

We surely do like fish and this is one delicious looking recipe. Love the flavours for this dish too.

Juliana said...

Love fish, although haven't cooked Mahi Mahi for a while, the way that you prepared sounds and looks delicious with all the flavors in it. Great combination with asparagus and couscous...yummie!

Daily Spud said...

I went through a phase of making "blackened" everything years ago, but haven't done anything like that recently. Maybe it's time to do so again :)

pigpigscorner said...

I know I should eat more fish at home but it's so hard to find fresh ones here! Wonderful presentation!

Sophie said...

What a lovely & fine fish dish! I totally love it!! MMMMMMMMMMM....

the twins said...

this looks great. i love mahi mahi! thanks for the recipe.

Alan Brochstein said...

Thanks - awesome! We had it with Israeli couscous and grilled calabasa squash, but this was fantastic

Amy Lynn said...

This was such a great recipe! We bought mahi mahi and needed a recipe for blackening it. My husband found your blog, and we used your recipe the other night. So good!

Anonymous said...

Put it together with my 3 yr old super-quick - incredibly yummy! Hubby generally doesn't eat alot of fish either and he was disappointed I hadn't made more. Will definitely use the recipe again!

Anonymous said...

I have a silly question - How much of each ingredient for the the fish? Sorry, I'm new to the kitchen! :)

gaga said...

That's not a silly question at all. Unfortunately, I'm lazy and don't measure things, so my answer is "to taste". Sorry!