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Mahi Mahi with Bacon-Tomato Butter

You know it’s going to be a good recipe when it’s got bacon and butter in the title. I have never actually cooked mahi mahi before, and I attribute that to the fact that I am not much of a seafood person. I do really like salmon and other types of fish though when they have a good sauce or seasoning so I decided to give the mahi mahi a shot. This is another recipe that I found on Cooking Light that kind of cracks me up because of the bacon and butter, but oh man is this good. It turns out that I love mahi mahi!

The tomato topping in this recipe would be fantastic on a salad or on bruschetta as well so I would actually recommend doubling that part of the recipe and serving it with something else as well. I had a salad with my fish and found myself mixing up the tomatoes and the lettuce because it was so good. I changed the original recipe just a bit to include more paprika and bacon. The original recipe also said to finely chop the bacon, but I just left it in fairly large chopped pieces. I also made this on my grill pan as I make all things, but this can be done on an outdoor grill as well.
Mahi Mahi with Bacon-Tomato Butter
2 cups water
1 Tablespoon fine sea salt
2 teaspoons sugar
4 (6-oz.) mahi mahi fillets, skin on
Cooking spray
Salt
2 slices center-cut bacon, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon hot smoked paprika
2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 Tablespoons butter

Combine the water, salt, and sugar in a shallow dish, stirring until the salt and sugar dissolve. Add the fish and let stand 20 minutes. Drain and pat dry with a paper towel.
Heat grill pan to medium heat. Season the fish evenly with a little bit of salt and light coat both the pan and the fish with cooking spray (it will stick like crazy otherwise). Place fish, skin side down, on the pan and grill for 2 minutes or until grill lines show up. Turn the fish over and reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about 12 minutes or until done.
Heat a small skillet over medium heat and add the bacon. Cook for 5 minutes or until bacon is almost crisp, stirring occasionally. Drain a bit of the grease from the pan. Add the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring often. Add paprika and cook for 20 seconds, stirring constantly. Add tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the butter until it is melted and remove from heat. Serve on top of mahi mahi fillets.

Mahi Mahi with Bacon-Tomato Butter
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Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 (6-oz.) mahi mahi fillets, skin on
  • Cooking spray
  • Salt
  • 2 slices center-cut bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon hot smoked paprika
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. Combine the water, salt, and sugar in a shallow dish, stirring until the salt and sugar dissolve. Add the fish and let stand 20 minutes. Drain and pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Heat grill pan to medium heat. Season the fish evenly with a little bit of salt and light coat both the pan and the fish with cooking spray (it will stick like crazy otherwise). Place fish, skin side down, on the pan and grill for 2 minutes or until grill lines show up. Turn the fish over and reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about 12 minutes or until done.
  3. Heat a small skillet over medium heat and add the bacon. Cook for 5 minutes or until bacon is almost crisp, stirring occasionally. Drain a bit of the grease from the pan. Add the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring often. Add paprika and cook for 20 seconds, stirring constantly. Add tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the butter until it is melted and remove from heat. Serve on top of mahi mahi fillets.

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