Seared Mahi Mahi with Lemon Basil Butter

"Mom- this is one of the new Top 10 Dinners EVER" said my daughter at dinner last night. After everyone else raved as well, I knew we had a winner of a meal I had to share. I bring you Pan Seared Mahi Mahi with Lemon Basil Butter.

I have to confess, when my man came home after a quick grocery run to stock up on perishables and put the fish on the counter, I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to do with it as it's not one of my "regulars."

However, knowing it's a flaky white fish and would take on the flavors of what it was cooked with, I turned to a good old standby- lemon butter. Usually I add capers, however, having run out and not considering them a pandemic pantry staple, I had none on hand.

I did, however, have a pot of basil growing on the shelf so I figured "why not?" I'm so glad I did because the results speak for themselves. (This is what happens when you "play" with recipes and why I tell everyone to try- you never know what can come about!)

This quick dish is not only SUPER easy to make, it is incredibly delicious, flavorful and filling. It's a perfect low carb meal whatever program you are on, or not! This is great served with cauliflower rice, low carb noodles, wilted spinach or even a salad. For those not on program, I highly recommend fluffy jasimine rice or a side of couscous.

If you don't have Mahi Mahi, no worries- you can make this with other fish, shrimp or even thinly pounded chicken. It's a winner!

One word of caution however, make SURE you have your side dishes prepped and ready to go because this one cooks that fast. Don't say I didn't warn you :)

Cheers & Happy Cooking-


*Image courtesy Ryann Chapman


Seared Mahi Mahi with Lemon Basil Butter

  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes

Servings: ~4 Serving 



  1. Add butter to a small sauce pot and melt over low heat. Add garlic seasoning, basil and lemon. Stir to combine. Set aside and keep warm (or reheat when fish is almost fully cooked.)

  2. Spray a large, nonstick frying pan with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium-high. (Redundant, yes, but fish is so delicate you just want to make sure. You could use a little butter or oil here instead if not on 5&1 or on a fat-restricted program.)

  3. Sprinkle the fish with Dash of Desperation.

  4. When pan is hot add the fish and let it cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until opaque and fully cooked. Be sure not to overcook the fish as it will be dry and chewy.

  5. Gently remove the fish from the pan and drizzle with warm hot, melted butter. Serve warm with your favorite side dish. Makes about 4 servings.

    Serving Size is 7 ounces of fish with 1 Tablespoon of butter and is 1 Leanest,  3 Condiment and 2 Healthy Fat options.

Nutrition Facts

Optavia Counts Per Serving

0 -  Lean

0 - Leaner

1 - Leanest

0 - Green

3 - Condiments

2 - Healthy Fat

Weight Watchers Points
Per Serving

2 Weight Watchers Points

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Nutritional Data Information:

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