Pan-Seared Mahi-Mahi

This pan-seared blackened mahi-mahi is super easy and fast and pairs well with almost anything. Serve it in a bowl with rice and mango salsa, throw it in some tacos, or make a mahi-mahi sandwich with a buttery bun, lettuce, and tomato. It's so versatile and perfect for summer.


Mahi-Mahi Filets Avocado Oil Ground Cayenne  Black Pepper Garlic Powder Paprika  Chili Powder Cumin Lime

Step 1

Make the blackening seasoning. Add ground cayenne, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, and cumin to a bowl and mix to combine.

Step 2

Pat the mahi-mahi dry with a paper towel, then add it to a large mixing bowl. Coat the mahi-mahi evenly in oil.

Step 3

Then add the blackening seasoning mixture and mix until the fish is evenly coated.


To thaw frozen mahi-mahi, place it in the refrigerator overnight the day before you plan on cooking it.

Step 4

Heat a cast-iron or non-stick pan over high heat with the rest of the oil. Once hot, turn the heat to medium-high heat and add the mahi-mahi. Cook, undisturbed, for 3 minutes.

Step 5

Then flip and cook for another minute and a half, or until it flakes easily with a fork. Remove from heat.

Step 6

Squeeze fresh lemon or lime juice over the filets, and serve!

Serving Ideas

We recommend serving these blackened mahi-mahi with rice, veggies, in tacos, or as a fish sandwich.

Q: What does mahi-mahi taste like?

A: Mahi-mahi is a mild white fish with a slightly sweet flavor. It's not super "fishy" tasting, which is why it is so versatile and takes on the blackening seasoning flavor so well.

Q: Can I blackened mahi-mahi in an air fryer?

A: Yes! Add the oil and blackening seasoning to the fish, then cook it at 400°F for about 10 minutes, flipping halfway.

Looking for another delicious recipe?

Try our air-fryer blackened chicken!