Looking for something delicious and easy? Try these Blackened Mahi Mahi Tacos! They have a great smoky taste and a smooth, creamy taco sauce. They're perfect for a quick dinner or making your taco night with friends extra special.
Why we all love this recipe
Flavorful Blackened Seasoning: Our unique homemade blackening seasoning blend adds a bold and zesty touch to the mahi mahi fillets, making them tasty.
Supremely satisfying: The mahi mahi, rich in protein and veggie toppings, makes for a fulfilling and hearty, tasty, and satisfying meal (like this Cajun shrimp tacos).
Homemade topping Options: Try these tacos with black beans, your favorite salsa(mango salsa or pico de Gallo), or sauce for a fresh and tangy kick to each bite.
A Fusion Recipe: This dish is a beautiful mix of spicy Cajun flavors and classic Mexican seafood tacos, creating a deliciously unique meal.
The ingredients and substitutions
Mahi Mahi fillets: This fish is firm and white with a mild taste, perfect for blackened seasoning. If mahi mahi isn't available, try firm fish varieties like grouper or snapper fillets.
Blackening seasoning: This adds a smoky and delicious flavor to the fish. Don't have it? Make your spice blend by mixing garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and a little salt to make your own.
Olive oil: If you'd like something different, avocado oil is a good choice.
Tortillas: I use store-bought flour tortillas and char them a bit over the stovetop. But for a classic taco, corn tortillas are great.
Lettuce: Shredded lettuce adds a fresh crunch. For more crunch, try purple cabbage. Or pick any crunchy greens or spinach.
Tomatoes: These add a fresh burst to the tacos. You may leave them out or swap in diced red bell peppers.
Red onion: I've used red onions here, but white or yellow onions are fine too.
Cilantro leaves: This gives a refreshing flavor. Not a fan? Use parsley instead.
Sour cream: For a lighter option, try Greek yogurt.
Lime: Lime or lemon both add a nice touch to the tacos.
How to make Blackened Mahi Mahi tacos?
Marinate Mahi Mahi: Season the mahi mahi fillets with blackening seasoning on both sides. Allow it to marinate for 10-20 minutes(Other ingredients).
Cook Mahi Mahi: Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Transfer the seasoned fish and cook each side for about 3-4 minutes or until they're blackened and cooked.
Prepare the tortillas: Set a skillet to medium heat and place tortillas one at a time, heating for about 30 seconds on each side until they become pliable.
Assemble the taco: Place the cooked mahi mahi fillet on each tortilla. Then spread shredded lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, and chopped cilantro. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the tacos. Drizzle this Sriracha fish taco(or a dollop of sour cream) on top.
Serve immediately: Serve as a meal or starter with a lime wedge for more flavor.
How to serve with
Tex-Mex Accompaniments: A flavorful rice dish and refried beans complement the tacos with aromatic spices.
Salad Options: Salads add a refreshing contrast to the rich flavors of the tacos.
Salsa Varieties: Sweet, tangy, and slightly spicy salas enhance the flavor of the blackened mahi mahi taco.
Drinks: Lemonade, Mojito, or Agua Fresca are popular drinks that balance sweet and sour.
Dessert: Churros are the best with Chocolate Dipping Sauce or key lime pie.
How to store the leftovers?
Blackened mahi mahi tacos have varied textured ingredients. Hence, Rather than storing them as assembled tacos, storing the ingredients in individual containers is great for maintaining their freshness and flavor. Here's how to do it:
Mahi Mahi fillets: Save these cooked mahi-mahi fish fillets in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Tortillas: Wrap them in aluminum foil or a zip-top bag. You can store the tortillas at room temperature if you eat them within a day or two or in the refrigerator for a longer shelf life.
Toppings: Fresh toppings like lettuce, cabbage, or other greens should be stored in separate air-tight containers or plastic bags in the crisper drawer of your fridge. If you have sauces or salsas, store them in different refrigerators.
Reassembling and Reheating: When you're ready to enjoy your tacos again, reheat the Mahi Mahi gently in a pan or the microwave. Gently reheat the tortillas on a skillet or in the microwave, and then assemble your tacos with the fresh toppings and enjoy!
Tools for Blackened Mahi Mahi Tacos
Skillet: Cast iron skillet is great for even heat distribution and added flavor.
Tongs: It is easy and precise handling of the fish.
Knife: A high-quality chef's knife is my go-to for versatility and efficiency.
Pro Cooking Tips
For perfectly seasoned Mahi Mahi: Pat dry the fillets with paper towels before seasoning.
Bite-sized: You may cut the Mahi Mahi fillet into cubes. This is convenient for handling.
Customizable Toppings: Incorporating your favorite taco toppings like avocado slices, hot sauce, chipotle aioli, or a creamy cilantro lime sauce.
Spice It Up: Increase the cayenne pepper or chili powder to the blackening seasoning for an extra zing.
Adding Crunch and Color: Top your tacos with thinly sliced purple cabbage. The vibrant color and crisp texture create a stunning visual contrast and add freshness and crunch to complement the blackened Mahi Mahi.
Printable recipe card
Blackened Mahi Mahi Tacos
- 4 mahi mahi fillets
- 2 tablespoon blackening seasoning
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 8 tortillas
- 1 cup lettuce shredded
- 1 cup tomatoes diced
- ½ cup red onion diced
- ¼ cup cilantro fresh/chopped
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 1 lime cut into wedges
- Season the mahi mahi fillets with blackening seasoning on both sides.
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Cook the mahi mahi fillets on each side for 3-4 minutes until blackened and cooked.
- Warm the flour tortillas in a separate skillet or microwave.
- Assemble the tacos by placing a blackened mahi mahi fillet on each tortilla.
- Top with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, and chopped cilantro.
- Toss a dollop of sour cream on top.
- Squeeze fresh lime juice over the tacos.
- Serve immediately.