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Pesto Crusted Mahi Mahi with Blistered Tomatoes and Lemon Butter Sauce

INGREDIENTS
Fish:
4 mahi fillets
1/2 cup basil pesto
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper to taste

Tomatoes:
1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1 whole clove garlic, peeled
2 cups cherry tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste

Sauce:
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. minced shallot
6 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. lemon zest
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, sliced into 8-10 pats
Extra lemon wedges, for garnish

DIRECTIONS
Fish
In a medium bowl, mix pesto and breadcrumbs together until they form a coarse paste. Add seasoning as necessary.
Place mahi portions on a large baking sheet.
Spread pesto mixture evenly across all four mahi portions.
Use your fingers to pat the pesto mixture down into the fish to form an even crust.
Bake mahi at 375-degrees for 12-16 minutes, until cooked through.

Tomatoes
While the fish cooks, prepare the blistered tomatoes.
Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a cast iron skillet.
When oil simmers, add tomatoes and garlic clove.
Cook without stirring for 2 to 3 minutes. The tomatoes will pop and sizzle a bit, so keep an eye out for flying oil or tomato juice.
Season tomatoes with salt and pepper to taste.
When tomatoes have begun to blister, give them a stir to turn them over so that the other sides can start to blister as well.
Cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes without stirring, until tomatoes are softened and have charred and blistered on all sides.

Sauce
Heat oil in a medium, nonreactive skillet over medium heat.
When oil simmers, add shallot and sauté for 1 minute until shallot has softened.
Whisk in lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper and remove sauce from heat.
Let cool 2 to 3 minutes, until sauce has stopped simmering but is still warm.
Whisk in butter 1 pat at a time, whisking constantly until the whole pat is melted into the sauce before adding another.
To assemble, drizzle a bit of sauce on the bottom of a plate or pasta bowl.
Place pesto crusted mahi-mahi on top of the sauce and top with blistered tomatoes.
Add a lemon wedge for garnish and serve immediately.


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