Mahi Mahi with Zesty Basil Butter sauce is a mild flavored fish entrée. It's quick and easy to make. First, prepare a vegan butter sauce in a saucepan then use the sauce to baste the Mahi Mahi before and during baking. Spoon more of the zesty basil sauce on top of the fish once it is thoroughly cooked.
I love the flavor of basil. It has a slight sweetness to it that goes well with the richness of the vegan butter in the sauce. The garlic and pepper add just the right amount of heat and garlic flavors.
I found the Mahi Mahi with Zesty Basil Butter sauce recipe on the Food Network site. The recipe belongs to Jamie Deen and Bobby Deen. They are the sons of Paula Deen.
I altered their recipe slightly so that it is dairy-free. If you are not concerned with having a dairy-free dish, then you could use butter.
I use minced garlic as opposed to finely chopping a garlic clove, too. Using minced garlic is one shortcut that I like to use when cooking.
I also bake the Mahi Mahi as opposed to preparing in a skillet. You could also prepare the fish in a skillet. I think cooking in a skillet might be a little faster, but, to me, baking is less mess. 🙂 It gives me time to focus on the side dishes without worrying about the skillet.
I recommend selecting mild flavored sides because anything with a strong flavor might overpower the flavor of the fish. Steamed vegetables, rice or pasta with a light olive oil coating are good mild side dishes to serve with this dish. The Zesty Butter sauce is good spooned on top of steamed vegetables, rice or pasta, too.
I hope you enjoy the Mahi Mahi with Zesty Basil Butter!
Mahi Mahi with Zesty Basil Butter
- 1 1/2 tablespoons vegan butter
- 3/4 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon basil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 4-6 ounce mahi mahi filets
Zesty Basil Butter
- Combine the vegan butter, lemon juice, minced garlic, black pepper and basil in a small saucepan.
- Cook over low heat, stirring, until the butter is melted.
- Cover and keep warm.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Spray a casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Place Mahi Mahi in the casserole dish.
- Spoon a few tablespoons of the zesty basil butter sauce over each fish.
- Bake in a preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until done. Baste the fish every 10 minutes while baking.
- Spoon more of the sauce over the fish before serving.