Sunday, February 28, 2010

Jerk Mahi Mahi

mahi mahi fillets

dry rub:

3 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp allspice
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cayenne
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp black pepper

Mix together all the ingredients for the dry rub. Pat the fillets dry, rub the fish generously with the rub (you will have some leftover, unless you're making many pounds of fish) and let it marinate, refrigerated, for at least a half hour. Grill or sear it until flaky and opaque.

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So I'm sure most, if not all, of you know Dave over at My Year on the Grill. He's a madman on the grill and he just moved to the Virgin Islands. So the ladies at Our Krazy Kitchen, where he also contributes, decided to throw him a surprise, virtual beachwarming party.They invited a bunch of bloggers to post tropical recipes and they're going to do a big roundup over at their site. Fun, huh?

Now, I don't usually cook tropical kinds of stuff, but I happened to have some mahi mahi on hand. So I thought since Dave enjoys a certain amount of spicy I would make him some jerk. This is a nice, simple dry rub that's great for grilling or pan searing. I don't remember where it came from I'm afraid, so if it turns out it's your recipe let me know and I'll give props. Heh.

It could also serve as a base for a paste. Some onion would be good certainly, swap out fresh stuff for the dry herbs, add a little oil maybe, some lemon or lime juice, and it would really brighten it up. But as is it's great too. It's pretty spicy, but not nuts. You can still taste everything (which is key, I don't understand things that are so spicy you can't taste them) but it gives you a pleasant burn.

So there's my addition to the party, can't wait to see what everyone else makes. Good luck in the Islands, Dave! For some reason I'm not too worried about you. Heh.

27 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

Simply irresistible! The rub is a killer and keeper! I have almost everything in the pantry...off to check it out.
Thanks, dude!

grace said...

i'm not a fish fan, but i'll be darned if that rub doesn't sound completely fabulous. i have some chicken breasts that would certainly benefit from a pat-down. :)

3 hungry tummies said...

Beautiful dish, I would add more herbs to the rice though :) A wedge of lime would be perfect!

Joanne said...

Dave would absolutely love this! I love it too actually. Jerk spices definitely scream beach party!

Ash said...

love the look of this dish, and what a cool idea to have a blogger round-up of all the tropical dishes!!

Linda said...

Great looking dish! I'm one of Dave's blogger friends too... glad to have found you...

I'll add you to my blog list and come back... I'll have to check out your plant blog too... I love plants too.

Linda from Cooking Tip of the Day

dawn said...

how did dave score such a rad move? lucky him!
I agree, jerk should be used on more and different proteins.

Karen said...

Love jerk seasonings... this is great!

Hungry Dog said...

Looks delicious. I love mahi mahi. It tastes great and always reminds me of our trips to Hawaii.

Min said...

Bob, the mahi mahi looks fantastic! I can't wait to try some. Thanks for bringing it to the party!
Min
The Bad Girl's Kitchen

Kerstin said...

The spice rub you used sounds like it would compliment the fish perfectly! Such a great picture too!

Jenn said...

Woohoo!! Another fish recipe. Nicely done!! Delicious mahi mahi!!

Ed Schenk said...

I love mahi mahi and I love jerk seasoning so this has got to be great!

Catherine said...

I love Mahi Mahi, will definately be trying this soon!
Looking forward to all the tropical recipes over at the Krazy Kitchen!

Hayley said...

Looks yummy! There's nothing like tropical-themed food to make me wish even more it was summer again already!

Jeannie said...

I am so drooling over this fabulous fish! Am so going to try it when I can get hold of some fish fillets...thanks Bob:D

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

I'm drooling too - that rub sounds awesome. I'll try it soon! Thank for coming to the party. :)
Tamy ~ OKK

Bridgett said...

My hubby and I ate loads of Mahi Mahi in Maui and just loved it. This particular recipe sounds perfect with that rub.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

A great dry rub! This looks totally delicious.

Sook said...

Oh this looks wonderful! Mahi mahi is one of my favorite fish!

Culinary Alchemist said...

This sounds Awesome Bob. I love fish but Mahi Mahi is not on my top 10, you have just changed my mind on that... YUM

Kate at Serendipity said...

Bob, I love mahi mahi. This looks like something that should go on our table soon. Thanks for the recipe! and the great photos...

Sage Trifle said...

I really enjoy making my own seasoning blends, rather than buying commercially prepared. Your jerk rub sounds tasty! Very appetizing photos - I'd happily eat that.

Kristen said...

The rub sounds wonderful. For us landlubbers, I am sure it would be great on chicken. I cannot wait for winter to actually end so I can use the grill again. Thanks for coming to the party!
Kristen - Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker

Mother Rimmy said...

Costco sells some frozen Mahi Mahi that I like to keep in the freezer. This recipe looks like a terrific way to use it!

5 Star Foodie said...

Jerk with mahi sounds excellent! Super delicious flavors!

Martha's Menagerie said...

Sounds excellent! I just made a nice jerk roast pork last night - jerk is some good stuff! Thanks for joining the party Bob and you certainly brought the perfect island party food :-)

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