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pan seared mahi mahi on plate with tomato cucumber kalamata olives salad

Pan Seared Mahi Mahi Recipe with Tomato-Cucumber Salad

Published By Stephanie
This delicious, light and flakey, Pan Seared Mahi Mahi Recipe with Tomato-Cucumber Salad is super easy to prepare and is bursting with robust flavor from a savory lemon garlic sauce.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 servings
Calories 143 kcal


  • Cast-iron or large nonstick skillet


Mahi-Mahi Filets

  • 1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 lg lemon sliced thin
  • 4 6oz mahi mahi filets or other mild white fish
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 T capers drained

Tomato-Cucumber Salad

  • 2 c cherry tomatoes
  • ½ med red onion finely diced
  • 1 lg cucumber chopped
  • c kalamata olives drained and chopped
  • 4 oz feta cheese crumbled
  • 3 T fresh lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Serving garnish

  • 1 lg lemon cut into 8 pieces
  • Fresh thyme sprigs



  • Prepare the tomato-cucumber salad by combining the tomatoes, onion, cucumber, olives, feta cheese, and lime juice in a large bowl. Season with a little salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Set aside.

Lemon Garlic Pan Sauce

  • Heat the olive oil and garlic in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add the lemon and capers and sauté until the lemon softens and develops a bit of color, approximately 2 minutes.


  • If the fillets have excess moisture, blot them dry with paper towels. Next, add the fresh mahi mahi fillets to the hot pan with the lemon garlic mixture and generously season the first side with salt and black pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes, flip and season the second side. Continue to cook until the fillets are cooked through, and they flake easily with a fork.

Putting it all together

  • Remove from heat and add the tomato-cucumber mixture to the hot skillet. Cover for 1-2 minutes, or just until the cheese is softened, and the other ingredients are warmed through. To serve, top each piece of fish with fresh thyme sprigs, fresh lemon zest and offer the lemon wedges on the side. Enjoy! 


Calories: 143kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 5gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 619mgPotassium: 211mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 542IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 160mgIron: 1mg
Keyword fish, fresh
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