Blackened Mahi Ceasar Salad
Back in the day, when I was in college, I worked at a sports bar called the Gainesville Ale House. During my 3 years there, I waited tables, hostessed, expo’d, and even had a short stint as a prep cook one summer. If you’ve ever worked at a restaurant, especially while in college, then you probably remember eating a lot of your meals there…usually for the sake of convenience and even more so for the employee discount. You really couldn’t beat that employee discount.
One of the meals I ate the most while I worked at the Ale House was the blackened tuna ceasar salad. Sometimes I would switch it up and have blackened grouper or mahi, I loved it and ordered it all the time. This salad here that I made for dinner last night reminded me a lot of those days.
This salad is a perfect dinner salad, especially when we start getting into warmer spring weather, the kind of weather that tends to put us into salad eating mode. It’s not a complicated ‘recipe’, but more so of a great healthy dinner idea or option. It’s a stand by in our home and could easily be made with chicken, steak or shrimp.
I seasoned my fish (by the way, I always have frozen fish in the freezer, it defrosts quickly and is perfect for last minute meals like this one was) with Chef Prudhomme’s Seafood Magic (I prefer to use Blackened Redfish Magic but ran out!). I used my favorite salad dressing of the week for this salad and topped it with a little freshly grated parmesan cheese and lemon pepper seasoning. I would have to say that it definitely hit the spot. Go ahead and throw on some croutons if you so desire.
Blackened Mahi Ceasar Salad
- Yield: 2 salads 1x
- Category: Fish
- Method: Stovetop
- 2 filets of mahi mahi, (if frozen, defrosted)
- blackening seasoning (I prefer Chef Prudhommes Blackened Redfish Magic or Seafood Magic)
- non stick spray
- mixed salad greens of your choice
- lemon pepper seasoning
- your favorite ceasar salad dressing (I prefer Bolthouse Farms)
- freshly grated parmesan cheese, for serving
- croutons, optional
- Preheat a non stick skillet over medium high heat. Pat your fish filets dry with a paper towel and sprinkle liberally with your seasoning. Spray your skillet with non stick spray and place your fish into hot pan. Let it sear and cook for about 5 minutes until bottom of fish starts to blacken cook through. Season other side of fish with seasoning and carefully flip over. Cook for an additional 5-7 minutes until fish becomes flaky (depends on thickness of fish). Be sure not to over cook fish because it will dry out.
- In a bowl, toss greens with salad dressing and croutons, if using. Add your dressed greens to dinner plate and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese, lemon pepper seasoning and fish.
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OH my word. I want to Mahi all over that.
Yum! This looks and sounds awesome. I never thought to top my caesar salads with fish… just shrimp! Must try this ASAP!
Your salads always amaze me. I know my family will love this and it’s a quick way to get dinner on the table! Now I’ve got to find where I can buy that dressing!!! 🙂
I don’t like caesar dressing, but I love the salad! I always get it with a different dressing (balsamic usually). Such a great go to
I don’t really like mahi but this looks awesome! Pete would LOVE this!
Thats a way fancier meal than I ever got at te restaurants I worked at in college! Totally gourmet 🙂 sounds delicious!
A girl after my own heart….love Mahi-Mahi one of my favorite! My hubby catches them often in Key West 😉
That dressing sounds awesome, must try. The fish sounds so good too, I love mahi!
This looks so good, Aggie! I need to check out that dressing, too!
Love this! Looks so fresh and light.
You know I’m all over this dish Aggie. And I used the same salad dressing on my salad tonight. Ha Ha….must be the family connection thing going on.
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Mahi is one of my favorite fish! Great salad!
Where do you buy your frozen fish? I have had luck with Publix (I live in St. Augustine!), but have heard Costco is pretty good as well.
Hi Vanessa! I usually pick up my frozen fish on sale at publix too. I just came home with some sockeye salmon from Costco…it was about $9/lb so a bit of a splurge but I’ve been craving it. I have used the frozen barramundi fish from Costco and loved it, but couldn’t find it this time. I have good luck with Publix too though. I grew up not far from St. Augustine! Love it up there!