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Citrus Glazed Grilled Mahi-Mahi

Time: 10 minutes Cook
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Grilled Mahi-Mahi is a delightful dish that captures the essence of coastal dining. With its firm texture and mild, slightly sweet flavor, Mahi-Mahi, also known as dolphinfish or dorado, is a popular choice among seafood enthusiasts. In this recipe, we’ll take this already delicious fish to the next level by infusing it with a vibrant citrus glaze, creating a harmonious balance of sweet, tangy, and smoky flavors. Whether you’re hosting a summer barbecue or simply looking for a healthy and satisfying meal, Citrus Glazed Grilled Mahi-Mahi is a fantastic choice.

Historical Context: Mahi-Mahi, despite its Hawaiian name, is found in tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. The term “Mahi-Mahi” means “strong-strong” in Hawaiian, a fitting name given its spirited fight when caught by anglers. It has been enjoyed as a delicacy for centuries, particularly in coastal regions. The use of citrus glazes in cooking also has a rich history, with citrus fruits like oranges and lemons being used to enhance the flavors of various dishes.


1. Prepare the Citrus Marinade:

  • Zest one orange, the lemon, and the lime, and then juice them. Place the zest and juice in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the minced garlic, honey, olive oil, and grated ginger to the bowl.
  • Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  • Whisk the marinade thoroughly until all the ingredients are well combined.

2. Marinate the Mahi-Mahi:

  • Place the Mahi-Mahi fillets in a shallow dish or a resealable plastic bag.
  • Pour the citrus marinade over the fillets, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  • Seal the dish or bag and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavors to infuse. For a more intense flavor, marinate for up to an hour.

3. Preheat the Grill:

  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (about 400°F or 200°C).
  • While the grill is heating, oil the grates to prevent the fish from sticking.

4. Grill the Mahi-Mahi:

  • Remove the Mahi-Mahi fillets from the marinade and let any excess marinade drip off.
  • Place the fillets on the preheated grill and discard the marinade.
  • Grill for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. Cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the fillets.

5. Baste with Citrus Glaze:

  • During the last few minutes of grilling, brush the fillets with the reserved citrus glaze.
  • This step adds a beautiful caramelized glaze to the fish and intensifies the citrus flavor.

6. Serve:

  • Carefully remove the grilled Mahi-Mahi from the grill and transfer it to a serving platter.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro for a pop of color and freshness.
  • Serve your Citrus Glazed Grilled Mahi-Mahi hot and enjoy!

Pairing Suggestions: Citrus Glazed Grilled Mahi-Mahi pairs wonderfully with a side of coconut rice, grilled asparagus, or a crisp green salad. For a refreshing beverage, consider serving it with a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc or a citrusy craft beer to complement the zesty flavors of the dish.

This Citrus Glazed Grilled Mahi-Mahi recipe brings together the flavors of the sea and the bright, refreshing essence of citrus fruits. It’s a perfect choice for a summer gathering or whenever you crave a taste of sunshine on your plate. So fire up your grill and savor this delightful seafood dish that’s as easy to prepare as it is delicious.


prep time
ion Time: 15 minutes
cooking time
Time: 10 minutes
total time
me: 25 minutes


  • Grill

  • Zester or grater

  • Mixing bowls

  • Whisk

  • Basting brush

  • Aluminum foil


  • 4 Mahi-Mahi fillets (about 6 ounces each)

  • 2 large oranges

  • 1 lemon

  • 1 lime

  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Fresh parsley or cilantro, for garnish


Prepare the Citrus Marinade.
Marinate the Mahi-Mahi.
Preheat the Grill.
Grill the Mahi-Mahi.
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