Sesame Crusted Mahi Mahi with Soy Shiso Ginger Butter Sauce Recipe -
Sesame Crusted Mahi Mahi with Soy Shiso Ginger Butter Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Sesame Crusted Mahi Mahi with Soy Shiso Ginger Butter Sauce

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"Mahi mahi fillets are encrusted with black and white sesame seeds, and pan seared. The sauce is rich and creamy, and flavored with soy, ginger, shallots, and shiso (a Japanese herb related to basil and mint)."

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  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    35 mins


  1. In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine shallots, ginger, lemon juice, and white wine. Cook until liquid is reduced to approximately 2 tablespoons. Stir in heavy cream, and bring to light boil. Reduce cream by half; do not burn. Stir in soy sauce, then transfer to blender. Blend on low while slowly adding butter, a few cubes at a time, until all of the butter is emulsified. Roughly chop or tear shiso, add to sauce, and blend for about 10 more seconds. Season to taste with kosher salt and pepper. Keep sauce warm.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  3. Heat oil in a large saute pan over high heat. Season both sides of the fillets with kosher salt and white pepper. Mix together white and black sesame seeds, and place in a plate or flat dish. Press the TOP side only of each fillet into the mixture, and press seeds into fish so it sticks. Make sure that the crusted sides are evenly crusted with the seeds. When oil is smoking, add fish, sesame seed side down to pan, and be careful of oil splatters. Pan sear fish for about 30 to 45 seconds per side. Place pan into oven, or transfer fish to baking sheet, and cook in oven for about 5 to 6 minutes. Serve sesame crust side up with ginger butter sauce.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 19, 2004

Better than any restaruant can do!!!! This recipie rocks and is easy to do. I sought out and bought the Shiso, and could not really taste it - so don't worry if you can't find it. I also found that I needed to cook the fish in the oven a bit longer than suggested to get it cooked all the way through. You owe it to yourself to try this~!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 08, 2006

The fish was really good but the sauce was awful! It made me feel sick by the few drops that made it in my stomach. I will make the fish again, but not the sauce.

Oct 05, 2004

I was initially skeptical about this recipe combining western ingredients with an eastern recipe, but my husband and I, who are both self-professed foodies, were very pleased. I saw no need to bake the fish, I kept everything on the stovetop and it came out beautifully. I grated more ginger, added more wine and cream and a touch more soy sauce. I used sole for my fish, which cooks very quicky. Seared seasame was wonderful. After flipping the fish once, I turned the heat to low, covered the pan briefly while I blended the sauce. I turned the heat on hi again afterwards and poured some of the sauce on the fish and let it simmer for a few seconds. Then I turned the heat off completely and covered the pan so that the fish could sit in the warm sauce while we ate our udon beforehand.

Sep 20, 2007

WOW!!! OMG! This is BY FAR the best fish I've ever had! The sauce was the best part - Dee-Lish! I use 2 TBSP+ of ginger for the sauce. Also, make sure the lemon you use is a large one. I usually make this with seared tuna steaks, brushed with sesame oil then salt & peppered. All my friends have had this recipe and beg for me to make it! Thanks for the great recipe! :)

Apr 15, 2006

This also works with other fish besides mahi mahi. Halibut, wahoo, swordfish, salmon, and tuna also work well.

Oct 24, 2005

Amazing! I made this for a dinner party last night. This morning, the emails are flying around about how amazing it was. The friends who were unable to attend last nights dinner party are begging for a repeat. The friend that did attend last nights dinner party are begging to be invited to the repeat. I was unable to find the shiso leaves, but as others did, I substitued fresh basil and mint. I used halibut as opposed to Mahi-mahi. It was cooked to a nice medium-rare to medium and was melt in your mouth good. I served this with Miso soup, sticky rice, and sauted green beans. Thank you for the recipe... My friends now think that I'm a much better cook than I really am! :-)

Apr 01, 2006

Amazing! This is one of the best fish dishes I have made. The sauce was labor intensive, but can be made in advance and just warmed on the stove. My sauce was a little too thin, so next time I will have to reduce more or add a thickener. But the flavor was fantastic. I used basil instead of shiso, but next time will just omit it and add more wasabi as per another poster's suggestion (I only added a tiny bit, next time will add at least a tsp). Don't skimp on the ginger in the sauce either. We liked it so much, we're making it again with tuna tomorrow. Serve with steamed green beans sauteed with yellow bell pepper and toasted sesame seeds. Perfect!

Nov 02, 2009

I found this to be a pretty good dish. If you are having trouble finding shiso leaves, then go to any half way decent sushi restaurant, offer to buy 4 leaves, and they will more than likely give them to you. Basil and/or mint do not make good substitutes, you would be better off simply omitting the shiso. The sauce is basically a beurre blanc sauce with a Japanese influence. Muscadet is the traditional wine used for beurre blanc sauce, but any dry acidic white wine will do. I usually use a Sauvignon Blanc with a very nice acidity to it, and I never use a wine for cooking that is not good enough to enjoy on its own. I like my beurre blanc to have a very high acidity to it, like this one does, but for those who don't like a very acidic sauce, I might recommend cutting back a tiny bit on the lemon juice. Next time I will try cooking the mahi mahi in olive oil, instead of canola, as I think that will improve on the flavor.


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  • Calories
  • 502 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 192 mg
  • 64%
  • Fat
  • 34.6 g
  • 53%
  • Fiber
  • 2.6 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 35.6 g
  • 71%
  • Sodium
  • 776 mg
  • 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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