Garlicky Lemon Mahi-Mahi

Mahi-mahi has a firm texture and works well for baking, searing, or grilling. The Monterey Bay Aquarium classifies it as a good choice when considering environmental impact. It’s also a moderate mercury fish and is a good source of protein.

This easy mahi-mahi recipe comes together in 30 minutes or less. After searing the fish for a few minutes per side, make a super simple lemon butter sauce with garlicky. We like to sauté some asparagus too, but adding a vegetable isn’t necessary. 

Garlicky Lemon Mahi-Mahi Recipe


Nutrition (per serving): 200 calories, 21 g protein, O g carbohydrates, O g fiber, O g sugar, 13 g fat, 6 g saturated fat, 180 mg sodium


  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon extra—virgin olive oil
  • 4 (4-ounce) mahi-mahi fillets
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley, plus more for garnish


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil. Add mahi—mahi and season with salt and pepper. Cook until golden, 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
  2. To skillet, add remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Once melted, add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute, then stir in lemon zest and juice and parsley. Return mahi—mahi fillets to skillet and spoon sauce over fillets.
  3. Garnish with more parsley before serving.