Firm, white, mild-tasting, very versatile, and sustainable, Mahi, often referred to as dolphin fish, is NOT a dolphin. Mahi is also referred to as dorado, which is Spanish for gold. This is an apt description thanks to the beautiful flash of blues and greens of its scales. No matter what name you choose to use, Mahi is a delicious fish that can be served in many ways. For this month, let us take a look at this awesome fish.
Mahi Mahi is a fish that lives in warm tropical and semi-tropical waters. They get their name from the Hawaiian language word for “strong”. An appropriate moniker since they are vigorous swimmers. Mahi rarely grows to be more than 30 pounds during their four-to-five year lifespan. They have a pale pink, yet lean flesh that cooks up flakey and white. This fish is firm enough to be without falling apart, yet tender enough to be steamed.
Like so many tropical white fish, Mahi is a semi-mild and sweet tasting. It is somewhat similar to halibut in terms of flakiness, but also similar to swordfish in its density. Prepared halibut and swordfish are mistaken for Mahi. It is an excellent source of healthy, lean protein that is good for your body and rich in Niacin, Vitamin B12, phosphorus, and selenium.
Mahi isn’t a fish that can just be thrown on the grill. There is some required prep work to make sure you get the tastiest and most tender meal possible. You have to skin the Mahi. The skin is tough and inedible. If you are purchasing the Mahi as a fillet, make sure it is skinned before you buy it. The skin isn’t soft like trout or salmon so make sure it is removed first. Depending on how you plan to cook the Mahi, the bones also need to be removed. If you cook it as a whole fillet, the bones are easy to remove after cooking the fish. Not so easy if you are cutting it into small portions. You will also need to remove the bloodline down the middle of the fillet. It is safe to eat, but removing it helps to eliminate some of the fishy taste.
At Bubba’s Fish Shack we use Mahi in a few different ways. The first place you will see Mahi as an option on our menu is under the Fresh Garden Pickin’s section of our menu. Our Caesar Salad offers lots of romaine lettuce tossed in Caesar dressing and topped with shredded parmesan cheese and croutons. Adding Mahi as a topper to this salad is a fantastic healthy option for someone looking to avoid our fried options.
Next, you will find Mahi as a sandwich where we offer to grill, fry, or blacken the fish before serving it topped with lettuce, tomato, and red onion. This fantastic sandwich is accompanied by fries and coleslaw. Still one of the lighter options, our Bubba-wiches are flavorful and filling, but not too much.
Finally, our Bubba’s Big Dawg Platters section features Mahi in two ways. You can order the Mahi as a part of the First Mate’s Platter or the Captain’s Platter where it is accompanied by either one or three other options. Or you can order it as a platter on its own. The Mahi Platter allows you to choose between grilled, fried, or blackened and is accompanied with fries, coleslaw, and our homemade hushpuppies.
Regardless of which menu option you choose, we are certain that you will be satisfied with any of the Mahi options or any of our menu options at Bubbas Fish Shack. We pride ourselves on providing the perfect dining experience to every guest, every time they walk into our restaurant and we look forward to serving you soon.
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