I was craving for Sweet and sour fish today, but I am too lazy to go to the Asian store to grab some fresh red snapper. I thought that I can always get frozen fish fillets from my local grocer – and that is what I did. Mahi mahi is the fish of choice today. To those that are not familiar with this fish variety, mahi mahi is also known as dolphin fish. Hey — before anyone reacts negatively, please let me clarify that dolphin fish is just a common name given to mahi mahi; this is not a dolphin or anyway related to the cute sea creatures that we love and protect. I can assure you that no real dolphins were hurt during the filming of this video. If you feel that you don’t like to use mahi mahi to make sweet and sour fish, the choice is your. However, I suggest that you use fish that has white meat — this takes salmon and tuna out of the list.
Sweet and sour Mahi mahi is one of the easiest and quickest fish dish that you can make. I like the idea that this takes less than 20 minutes to prepare and cook. This is a perfect dish for me to make today because I plan to take some time to watch TV and see how the sports community thinks about the boxing fight of Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley last night. If you happen to read this post in a later time, this news can be considered already as history . So, Pacquiao won with a unanimous decision. I enjoyed the fight and also the side show during the fight — you know what I mean. There was no voodoo, he won because he was a good and experienced fighter.
Anyway, let me get my thoughts back to this Sweet and Sour Mahi mahi recipe before I get off-track. As I was saying, I am using frozen mahi mahi fillets for this recipe because I was too lazy to travel 32 miles (a total of 64 both ways) to go to my Asian grocer for some fresh red snapper. Mahi mahi fillets really works great as an ingredient for sweet and sour fish; I liked how its flavor blends well with the sauce. I think that I learned a new lesson today: Sometimes, I do not need to go far to get fresh ingredients. I added the word “Sometimes” because it is not true most of the time. You might know me by now, and you know how I will travel around just to get the ingredients that I needed — within a radius of 100 miles that is. I am not trying to waste time and gas when I do that, the only thing that I have in mind is to present the best recipe to you guys — our loyal readers. You always deserve the best!
This recipe is a combination of fried fish and sweet and sour sauce. I fried the mahi mahi fillets in medium heat after seasoning each piece with salt and pepper. I also dredged the fish in all-purpose flour to give it a nice texture and to prevent the cooking oil from splattering. This makes me feel a little bit safe from oil attacks while frying the fish. The sweet and sour sauce that I used came from the sweet and sour sauce that I posted a few years back. I used 2 servings of the sweet and sour sauce recipe and added some bell pepper, carrots, and onion. The result is an amazing sweet and sour mahi mahi dish completed within 20 minutes.
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Try this delicious Sweet and Sour Mahi mahi recipe. Enjoy!
Sweet and Sour Mahi-mahi
- 1 lb. frozen Mahi mahi fillets
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cups rice wine vinegar
- 1/2 small red bell pepper julienned
- 1/2 small green bell pepper julienned
- 1/4 cup carrots julienned
- 1 small red onion sliced
- 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
- 1/4 cup tomato ketchup
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch diluted in 3 tablespoons water
- 1/2 cup cooking oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Season Mahi mahi fillets with salt and pepper.
- Heat the cooking oil in a frying pan.
- When the oil gets hot, dredge the seasoned mahi mahi fillets in all-purpose flour. Fry each side in medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until medium brown. Remove the fried fish from the pan. Arrange in a serving plate. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, make the sweet and sour sauce by combining vinegar, soy sauce, ketchup, and sugar in a bowl. Mix well.
- Heat a saucepan and pour-in the vinegar mixture. Let boil.
- Adjust the heat to medium and then add the carrots, bell peppers, and onion. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
- Pour-in the cornstarch diluted in water. Stir quickly. Continue to stir gently until the texture becomes thick.
- Turn the heat off. Scoop some sweet and sour sauce and top over the fried Mahi mahi.
- Serve with warm steamed white rice.
- Share and enjoy!