Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mahi mahi, with summer vegetables


Over the last month, I've become very fond of quick cooking. And if it's something speedy that can also come together in one pan, I like it even more. Minimal cook time and minimal clean up make for a happy, hungry dog.

Sometimes things that you'd think would be speedy can take awhile. Like a salad. The way I make salads, it always takes at least half an hour. You know, washing and drying the lettuce, peeling vegetables, toasting croutons, boiling an egg...it's simple but when all is said and done, my lovely salad usually leaves behind a pile of dishes.

So the other night, when we were a bit wrecked from a long day, too tired to even stumble down the hill for a burger, I decided the mahi mahi I had on hand was the perfect thing. I gathered some vegetables: green beans, carrots (which I skipped peeling), a few green onions. While I melted butter and olive oil in a big saute pan, I roughly chopped the vegetables and threw them in all at once. When they were 5 or 6 minutes from being done, I pushed everything to the edge of the pan and placed the mahi mahi fillets carefully in the center. One flip and they were done.

Dinner in 10 minutes. Well, more than that: a good dinner in 10 minutes. Not too shabby.

16 comments:

  1. Looks and sounds delicious. Great quick dinner!

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  2. Indeed, not shabby at all!

    looks very tasty!!


    Yummmmmm,..;!!!

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  3. I do enjoy the fact that spring/summer carrots are sweet and tender and don't need to be peeled if you don't feel like it.

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  4. Yes I love minimal cleaning :) beautiful fish dish. Looks healthy and summery :)

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  5. Minimal cleaning rules. Looks wicked good!

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  6. Thanks, y'all! I knew I wouldn't be the only one appreciating a dinner that was quick to make and clean up too!

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  7. i can't believe it takes you longer to make a salad than this awesome spread. silly gal. :)

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  8. That is such a lovely (and healthy) dinner! I could eat this every night. (but think I would use yellowtail which I love!)

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  9. grace: I know, what is wrong with me, laboring over a silly salad!

    Barbara: Ooh, yellowtail. I prefer that to mahi mahi too.

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  10. It's looks so good. I am going to make it this week. I am big fan of quick meals!

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  11. Much better for ya than a greasy burger, too! Good job on a quick dish that's tasty and healthy.

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  12. Not shabby in the least. Very classy in fact. I know what you mean about quick things sometimes not being quick. I made pikelets today, which was quick to mix the batter up, but then I spent ages flipping the things.

    Is mahi-mahi similar to swordfish? It sounds delicious.

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  13. CJ: Yes, eating fish always makes me feel virtuous!

    shaz: Pikelets! Cute. Mahi mahi is similar to swordfish although, in my opinion, not as good. I think swordfish has a denser, steak-ier texture.

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  14. I miss mahi mahi from my Hawaii days. Where did you find it in San Francisco? Most times they look so brown from being stuck on a plane that I just avoid it. But this one-pan dinner thing is right up my alley!

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  15. Ben: we got the mahi mahi at Whole Foods. Probably totally not eco friendly. But I have to say it was really delicious!

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