Just landed from a helicopter tour of West Maui and Molokai. So much fun!
We ate fish, pretty much every single day. That's unusual for both of us, because Craig isn't the biggest fan of fish. The exception is fresh salmon, which we like to grill or roast. Otherwise, we both prefer fish that is very mild, and with a hint of sweetness, if possible.
Mahi-Mahi and Opah. We had one of our most memorable meals at Mama's Fish House, in Paia. What really stood out for me, was the Pineapple-Dijon-White Wine sauce that was served with my fresh Mahi-Mahi. I did my best to clean my plate of every delectable drop of that sauce. The price of the Macadamia Encrusted baked Mahi-Mahi, stuffed with crab and topped with a tiny lobster tail was $52.00-- and that doesn't include our appetizers, cocktails and side dishes. Ouch. It was worth every penny, because it was perfectly prepared, and we had a front row view of the ocean.
The view from our table. Nice, huh?
Yes, Maui changed our lukewarm love of fish. In fact, I began to obsess about that Pineapple Sauce. I'm pretty sure that it had heavy cream, along with the Dijon mustard and white wine, that the waiter clued me in on how it was made.
The day before we left for Maui, I received a box of frozen Wild-Caught Chilean Sea Bass filets from the Certified Steak and Seafood Company. Right before work, I removed two of the frozen filets and set them in the refrigerator.
When I got home, they were perfectly thawed.
My fool-proof way of preparing fish (fast and easy) is to pat the fish very dry. I used Old Bay Seasoning to lightly season the fish. Using an oven-proof skillet, I heated rice oil (has a very high smoke point) but olive oil will do just fine. Once the oil is shimmering hot, I placed the fish into the skillet.
I buy pineapple juice in the 6-pack cans (6 ounces each). Once I drained the skillet of any excess oil (there wasn't much), I deglazed the pan on medium-high with the pineapple juice, dry white wine, chicken stock and a generous teaspoon of Dijon mustard.
I let the sauce reduce to about half (about 5 minutes)
Best of all, the dinner was very fast to make-- perfect for a week night meal.
I have a few more of the Chilean Sea Bass filets in my freezer. I have a fancier idea of using some of the Macadamia Nuts that we brought back with us. I'd love to try baking this fish and creating a tropical salsa to go with this.
Thank you Certified Steak and Seafood Company, for sending me the Filet Mignons and the Chilean Sea Bass.
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