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Blackened Mahi Mahi

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  • Author: Kara Lydon
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 3 filets 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


On your table in less than 15 minutes, this blackened mahi mahi is made pan-seared with a flavorful spice rub made with spices like smoked paprika, garlic powder, and oregano. 


  • 2 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  •  1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3, 5-6 ounce mahi mahi filets


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, oregano, cayenne powder, brown sugar, salt, and pepper, until combined.
  2. Pat the mahi mahi dry with paper towels.
  3. Season all sides of the mahi filets with the spice rub.
  4. In a nonstick or cast iron pan, heat butter over medium heat. Add mahi mahi and cook undisturbed until sides are cooked just past halfway up the filets, about 3-4 minutes. Flip filets, and cook until cooked through and flakes easily, another 2-4 minutes, depending on thickness.
  5. Serve mahi mahi with rice and a fruit salsa.


  1. I love serving this blackened mahi with a mango salsa. To make, simply dice a mango, some red bell pepper and jalapeno pepper. Add squeeze from 1/2 lime and salt, to taste.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Pan Sear
  • Cuisine: Cajun

Keywords: blackened mahi mahi, blackened mahi