Mahi Mahi in Veggie Casserole – European Recipe
I am not a big fan of seafood, but this Mahi Mahi recipe was a special treat for me, prepared by a friend for a special occasion.
She assured me that I will not even taste the fish, and she was right.
Mahi Mahi is already a mild-tasting fish, but the veggie vinaigrette seasons it further, masking the fish taste even more.
This dish may be served hot as a meal, or at room temperature as an appetizer. For best results, serve it at least the next day or even later, so all the flavors have time to absorb and marry.
- 1 lb Mahi Mahi fish fillets (fully deboned)
- 6 carrots
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 leek, sliced
- 3 onions, sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp. Paprika
- 3 Tbs. tomato paste
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 Allspice peppercorns
- 1 Tbs. lemon juice, or vinegar
- pinch of sugar
- 1 cup of water
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup flour
- oil for frying
- Cut each fish filet into 3 sections, top to bottom, to form small rectangles.
- Dry off by a paper towel, and season each with salt and pepper.Set aside for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, using a large eye shredder, shred the carrots and celery.
- Add to sauce pan, add 1/2 cup of water, and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes,gently stirring.
- Cut each onion in half, then cut into rings. Also clean and chop Leeks.
- Saute onions and leeks in 1 Tbs of canola oil for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add chopped garlic, and saute another minute.
- Set aside.
- Season carrots/celery mixture with salt, pepper, and paprika. Mix in the tomato paste with the 1/2 cup of water, add to pan, and simmer 5 minutes longer. Season with lemon juice and sugar, to create slightly sweet-and-sour taste.
- Mix in the sauteed onions, add bay leaves and allspice. Set aside.
- Dip fish fillets in flour, until well coated on all sides.
- Heat 1 Tbs. of canola oil on medium heat, and fry fish on all sides to a golden color.
- Remove from frying pan onto paper towel to drain off any excess oil.
- Remove and discard the bay leaves and Allspice peppercorns from vegetable mixture
- Spread 1/2 half of the veggie vinaigrette on the bottom of a casserole dish, then lay side by side the fried fish fillets over the veggies. Cover the fish with remaining veggies.
- Cover and heat in the oven at 325 degrees F for 15 minutes, so the fish may absorb the veggie flavors and moisture.
Some of my friends substituted Cod or Tilapia for the more difficult to find Mahi Mahi, and according to them it still tasted great.