These mahi-mahi tacos are so easy and delicious, even my seafood-adverse mom will eat them.
Michael and I are big fans of buying fresh fish for a nice meal every once in a while, but sometimes it's more convenient (and less expensive) to have protein stocked in the freezer. We usually buy a bag of frozen fish from Costco, Sams, or the grocery store about once a month. This month wild-caught frozen mahi-mahi was on sale at Lidl for $3.79 per 14 ounces, so we stocked up on that.
I didn't grow up eating a ton of fish, so when I moved to the East Coast I was surprised by how common it was to see it on the menu EVERYWHERE. I started with unadventurous seafood like shrimp and salmon, but now there's not much I don't eat. My mom is still pretty seafood-adverse, so when she comes over for dinner I usually stick with beef or chicken, but last week I decided to throw mahi-mahi into the mix. If there's any way she'll eat fish, it's in taco form.
Mahi-mahi has a mild flavor and a firm texture, so it takes on other flavors really well and provides the meaty bite that you want in a good taco. It's especially good with blackening seasoning, which you can throw together on your own in literally a minute. We've been loving peaches this summer, so I paired the mahi-mahi with a quick peach pico de gallo, and the spicy blackening seasoning tastes so good with the sweetness of the peach. I top it off with a cilantro-lime greek yogurt sauce, which cools everything down and brings all the flavors together.
And yes, these were mom-approved.
Where can I buy mahi-mahi? Is it expensive?
Mahi-mahi isn't a super finicky fish, so it's great if you're just getting started with seafood or don't want to buy fresh fish. We almost always buy our mahi-mahi frozen because it's a lot cheaper that way and still tastes great. In taco form, the difference between fresh and frozen seems to disappear. You should be able to buy frozen mahi-mahi at most grocery stores--here are some examples:
- Walmart sells 12 ounce bags for $5.92, about $7.89 per pound
- Costco sells 3 pound bags for $17.99, which works out to about $6.00 per pound
- Sam's Club sells 2 pound bags for $12.98, or $6.49 per pound
- Kroger sells 12 ounce bags for $5.99, which is about $7.99 per pound
- Safeway sells 12 ounce bags for $10.99, which is about $14.65 per pound
The prices above may vary by store, time of year, etc., but should give you an idea of where mahi-mahi might be cheapest to buy. Costco and Sam's Club clearly have the cheapest per unit price from the sample above. I know buying big bags of some obscure fish might seem insane, but we're usually happy to find it in our freezer (especially on weeks when we don't want to buy meat!), and it's a fun way to force yourself to try new recipes.