|Pan-roasted Mahi Mahi with Avocado and Tomato Salsa
2 pieces of fresh mahi mahi
herb oil (recipe follows)
2 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled or chopped
1 ripe avocado, diced
1 large ripe tomato, seeded then diced
1/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
juice from 1/2 large lime
kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Make the salsa: In a bowl, add the avocado, tomato, cilantro, bacon, and lime juice. Mix thoroughly. Taste, then season with salt and pepper as necessary. Refrigerate the salsa while cooking the fish.
Preheat an oven-safe pan over high heat. Add 3 TBS of herb and garlic infused oil to the pan. While the oil is heating, season both sides of the fish liberally with salt and pepper. Once the oil has just barely begun to smoke, place the fish in the pan flesh-side down. Cook over high heat for about 2 minutes or until the flesh has caramelized nicely and has released from the pan. Flip the fish and cook over high for another 1 minutes. Baste the fish with the herb oil using the oil pooling in the bottom of the pan or adding more if there isn’t enough in the pan.
After a minute, place the pan into the 350 degree oven and bake the fish for another 4 minutes, until the mahi mahi is just cooked through and still utterly moist and delicious. Cooking times may vary due to the thickness of the fillets Remove the fish from the oven and serve with the avocado salsa. Garnish the dish with a drizzle of infused oil. Goes great with bean purees! Enjoy!
Garlic and Herb Infused Olive Oil
1/2 cup good quality olive oil
2 twigs of rosemary
4 sprigs of thyme
2 sage leaves
4 sprigs of fresh oregano or marjoram
2 cloves of garlic, smashed and roughly chopped
pinch of kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper.
Put the olive oil into a pan over low heat. Add the rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper to the pan. Stir the herbs into the oil then allow the pan to cook over low heat for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. After the herbs have had a chance to infuse their flavors into the oil, strain the herbs and garlic out of the oil. This oil makes a great garnish or a dip for come yummy crusty bread. Enjoy!