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 jasmine 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
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 2 Tablespoons fresh chopped basil leaves
- 1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 2 pounds fresh, wild caught Mahi Mahi filets (or other flaky white fish, shrimp or thinly sliced chicken)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- Sprinkle the fish with Dash of Desperation.
- 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.
- 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.
Recipe Notes & Optavia Counts
Serving Size is 7 ounces of fish with 1 Tablespoon of butter
0 - Lean
0 - Leaner
1 - Leanest
0 - Green
3 - Condiments
2 - Healthy Fat
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