Grilled Mahi Mahi


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This grilled Mahi Mahi is a delicious fish recipe that takes less than 7 minutes to make! Tender, flaky, and perfectly cooked every time, you can flavor it any way you like.

grilled mahi mahi.

We enjoy fish-based dishes regularly.

Like most seafood, fish can be seasonal, and we eat some more often than others.

In our household, salmon is consistent year-round, and so is grouper. On special occasions, we enjoy red snapper and during the warmer months, we love to grill Mahi Mahi.

What is the best way to eat Mahi Mahi? 

Mahi Mahi is a cold-blooded white fish that has a mild flavor. The fish’s name comes from Hawaii, which translates to strong, and is specified for this fish because of its bright color. 

Grilling this fish is the best way to enjoy it because the fish doesn’t fall apart easily. Oh, and also air frying it.

We love cooking it often because it’s:

  • Nutritious. It’s healthy and low calorie, with over 24 grams of protein per serving.
  • Quick and easy. This fish is easy to cook, thanks to its firm texture and thicker fillets. 
  • Everyone loves it. It’s mild flavored, so it’s perfect if you are worried about a potentially fishy flavor. 

What I love about this dish is its quick and easy cooking. From prep to plate, it takes just 7 minutes to grill! 

Ingredients needed

Besides the fish and some spices, there isn’t much else that goes into it. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Mahi Mahi fillets- Choose fillets that have a similar size and thickness. 
  • Olive oil- To season and prevent the fish from sticking to the grill. 
  • Salt and pepper- To season.
  • Lemons and parsley- Slice the lemons and chop parsley to sprinkle over cooked fish while serving. 

How to grill Mahi Mahi

Step 1- Prep the fish

Start by drying the fish fillets with a paper towel, then rub olive oil on both sides. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

seasoned mahi mahi.

Next, brush oil on the grill, then add the fillets. Cook for 2-3 minutes or wait until the sides become opaque. Flip and cook the other side for 3 minutes. 

mahi mahi on grill.

Remove the fish from the grill, squeeze some lemon juice on top and serve immediately. 

grilled mahi mahi with skin.

What to serve with this fish

Mahi Mahi is like a blank canvas and pairs well with almost anything (including all these side dishes).

We enjoy it as a main dish with some Coleslaw, spinach salad, or broccoli salad. Vegetables like Mashed cauliflower, zucchini, and creamed spinach also pair well with it. 

If we are looking to be a little fancy, something more elegant is some smoked mac and cheese, Mac and cheese, cauliflower mac and cheese, or keto mashed potatoes.

If a sauce is what you are after, creamy or umami sauces, brush the fish with some eel sauce, katsu sauce, or even some bulgogi sauce.

Storage instructions

  • To store: You can store leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • To freeze: Place the cooked and cooled fish in an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to two months.
  • Reheating: Reheat in a non-stick pan or a preheated oven.
grilling mahi mahi.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What temperature should Mahi Mahi be cooked to?

The ideal temperature to cook this fish is 180C/350F.

What color is Mahi Mahi when cooked?

The fish should be off-white or beige in color when cooked.

Can I use frozen Mahi Mahi fillets? 

Yes, you can use frozen fish fillets. We recommend thawing the fillets completely, then soaking up excess liquid before seasoning. 

How do you know when Mahi Mahi is done on the grill? 

This fish is cooked completely when the internal temperature reaches 137 degrees Fahrenheit. You can check using a thermometer.

Should I remove the skin before grilling? 

Whether you use skinless fillets or not, there is no need to remove the skin. The skin will only add extra flavor and a firmer texture on the bottom. 

grilled mahi mahi recipe.

Grilled Mahi Mahi (7 Minute Recipe)

5 from 6 votes
This grilled mahi mahi is a delicious fish recipe that takes less than 7 minutes to make! Tender, flaky, and perfectly cooked every time, you can flavor it any way you like.
Servings: 6 servings
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 7 minutes
Total: 8 minutes


  • 6 fillets mahi mahi 4 ounces each
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  • Dry the mahi mahi fillets with a paper towel to soak up excess liquid.
  • Add the fish into a bowl and drizzle the oil over it. Sprinkle the salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Lightly grease a grill. When hot, add the fish and and cook for 7 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Remove the fish from the grill, drizzle lemon juice on top, and serve immediately.


TO STORE: You can store leftover mahi mahi in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
TO FREEZE: Place the cooked and cooled mahi mahi in an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to two months.
TO REHEAT: Reheat in a non-stick pan or in a preheated oven.


Serving: 1fish filletCalories: 146kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 31gFat: 1gSodium: 343mgPotassium: 715mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 307IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    I have tried a lot of different grilled mahi mahi recipes, and this one is the best one I have found. The recipe is easy to follow, and the end product tastes great. I can’t recommend enough checking out this recipe if you want something quick, simple, and tasty!