Grilled Mahi Mahi with Coriander Pesto

Grilled Mahi Mahi with Coriander Pesto


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About this recipe: This is an elegant dish that will knock the socks off any dinner guest. Mahi mahi fillets are grilled on the barbecue, set on top of a roasted red pepper sauce and served with fresh coriander pesto. This recipe can be adapted to accommodate any other fish.


Serves: 4 

  • 125ml white wine
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 40g chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 250g roasted red peppers
  • 4 (175g) fillets mahi mahi fish
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 15g butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:40min 

  1. Preheat barbecue for medium-high heat.
  2. Place the wine and shallot in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and reduce the liquid down by about half, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Place the Parmesan cheese, garlic and walnuts into a food processor; process until finely chopped. Add the olive oil, coriander and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper; process until smooth. Remove the coriander pesto from the food processor and set aside.
  4. Place the red peppers into the food processor, pour in the wine reduction and process until smooth. Pour the entire mixture back into the saucepan and bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer the sauce for 4 minutes. Meanwhile, season both sides of the mahi mahi fillets with salt and pepper.
  5. Cook the mahi mahi on the preheated barbecue until the fish is golden and flakes easily with a fork, about 4 minutes per side.
  6. Whisk the butter, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt into the red pepper sauce until smooth. Spoon the red pepper sauce onto the bottom of the serving plate, arrange the fish on the sauce and top with the coriander pesto to serve.

Alternative cooking methods

The fish fillets can also be cooked under the grill or in a frying pan.

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