Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cilantro Lime Mahi Mahi with Papaya Salsa

This tropical recipe is healthy and delicious!
     This recipe is Florida Caribbean style cooking.  Fruit salsa is so nice on fresh tropical fish!
     Papaya Salsa Recipe:  Place 2 tablespoons each of these finely diced vegetables into a mixing bowl: 
     - Green bell pepper
     - Red bell pepper
     - Onion
     Add 1 chopped green onion.
     Add 1/2 of a finely chopped seeded serrano pepper.
     Add an amount of chopped fresh papaya that is equal to the amount of vegetables.  (About 1 large handful.)
     Add about 1 leaves of chopped fresh cilantro.
     Add sea salt and white pepper.
     Add a splash of rice vinegar.
     Add a generous squeeze of fresh lime juice.
     Toss the ingredients together. 
     Let the salsa stand for 20 minutes so that the flavors meld.
     Cilantro Lime Mahi Mahi Recipe:  Butterfly cut a thick 6 ounce filet of mahi mahi.
     Season the fish with sea salt and coarse ground black pepper.
     Heat some olive oil and unsalted butter in a saute pan over medium high heat.
     Add the mahi mahi filet.
     Pan sear the fish on both sides till is is nearly fully cooked.
     Drain off the excess grease from the pan.
     Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
     Add a splash of white wine.
     Add about 15 to 20 coarsely chopped cilantro leaves.
     Reduce the sauce, till it is thin consistency.
     Assembly:  Place the mahi mahi filet on a plate.
     Spoon the reduced cilantro lime and white wine reduction over the fish.
     Spoon a generous amount of the papaya salsa on top of the fish.
     Serve with a vegetable of your choice.  I served mine with blanched julienne carrots and green beans that were sauteed in butter with toasted pepitas.  (Pepitas are calabaza seeds.)
     Garnish the plate with a cilantro sprig and a lime slice.
     Papaya salsa is so soothing of a tropical flavor.  The combination of the cilantro lime mahi mahi and the salsa is pure paradise!  The vegetables with pepitas add a nice touch to the plate.  Yum!  ...  Shawna

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