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Can You Eat Mahi Mahi?

Mahi Mahi is a large fish found in warm ocean waters. It is sometimes called common dolphinfish, but it is not related to dolphins at all. Can you eat Mahi Mahi? You absolutely can eat this wonderful fish.

Mahi Mahi

Do People Eat Mahi?


Mahi Mahi is one of the most popular fish to eat because of its flavor. It has a mild taste, but it is also sweet compared to most other fish. There is not much fat in this fish, so the texture tends to be dense rather than flaky. 

Raw Mahi Mahi (Dolphin Fish) Fillets on a Cutting Board



Mahi Mahi is a great source of lean protein with an amazing 31.5 grams in a six-ounce serving. This is more than half of what most people need on a daily basis. The protein is also lean because of the low fat content of the fish.



You will get many different healthy nutrients from this fish. Mahi Mahi contains many B vitamins as well as potassium and selenium. Like most fish, it also contains omega-3 fatty acids that are critical to the health of your heart and brain. Magnesium and phosphorus are also part of the nutritional makeup of this food.

Blackened Mahimahi with Asparagus and Rice

Can You Eat Mahi Mahi Safely? 

Mahi Mahi is both safe to eat and nutritious as well. It can be consumed on a regular basis without worry. Even a pregnant woman can safely consume Mahi Mahi once a week. Mahi Mahi is also safe to eat raw and can be used in sushi or sashimi.


Environmental Concerns

If you are concerned about the environmental impact of your food, avoid eating commercially fished Mahi Mahi that is imported. This is because the fishing equipment used can put other sea life at risk.

Mahi Mahi commercially fished in the United States and Ecuador is caught with equipment that does not raise these concerns, so there is no harm to consuming it.  Try catching your own mahi and enjoy it as a meal.


Serving Suggestions


Mahi Mahi is excellent when baked for a short amount of time in an oven. Try adding a rich, white sauce and fresh herbs such as dill or oregano. Serve the fish with vegetables like asparagus and cherry tomatoes.



Put Mahi Mahi on an outdoor grill, or sear it in a pan on the stove. A butter-based sauce made with lemons or garlic is the perfect companion to Mahi Mahi cooked in this way. This is a wonderful alternative to hamburgers when friends come over for an outside grilling party and some of your guests do not eat red meat.

Grilled Mahi Mahi is also a lovely topping for a salad. This is a healthy lunch that will give you energy in the middle of the day.

Crab and pumpkin crusted Mahi Mahi with asparagus and Calamansi butter


Pan fry Mahi Mahi by sprinkling it with seasonings like garlic powder, salt, and pepper. A fish seasoning mixture also works well. Fry the fish in a pan with some melted butter or cooking oil.


This fish also stands up beautifully to deep frying. You can coat the fish in a cornmeal blend with some flour, or you can use bread crumbs. Then place it in a deep fryer for a few minutes or use a deep pan filled with frying oil until the fish is golden brown. Serve it with hush puppies and potatoes.



Mahi Mahi is a wonderful fish that has a structure strong enough to stand up to poaching. It is popular to poach Mahi Mahi fillets in wine. You can also use chicken stock or vegetable stock. Use the poached fish as the protein in a pasta dish, or mix it with other seafood like shrimp or scallops.


Mahi Mahi is a tasty, healthy fish, and you can enjoy any meal with this fish as its star.


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