Macadamia Green Curry Mahi-Mahi. Mmmmmm. I’m sure you can imagine how delicious this tastes. But, does it look “too gourmet” for you to cook? Too “complicated” for you to whip up in your little kitchen? If you’re nodding your head, you need to stop that way of thinking right now…
Here’s a little quiz for you. Be totally honest! Do any of the following foods represent the extent of your “cultural” cooking skills? a) Spaghetti with jarred marinara; b) nachos; c) Top Ramen; d) frozen “French” fries! Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with any of that. I’ve partaken of each one of those “fast” foods. But here’s the thing. If you’ve never really ventured out of the realm of meat-and-potatoes, hamburgers and mac-n-cheese, how will you ever know if you can make something truly unique and tasty? And how will you ever realize the beautiful food world out there waiting for you?!
My mom is a very traditional cook. She has made lots of amazing meals! I grew up on meat-and-potatoes kind of meals. She used lots of butter, cream and basic staples like spaghetti pasta, yellow onions and iceberg lettuce. Basic and delicious! But, growing up, we never really ventured out of that box.
It’s a whole different deal nowadays. You can easily get ingredients from all over the world. Have you ever tasted bonito flakes or carambola? What about prickly pear or jackfruit? John Dory or kudzu? The world is your shopping cart! With the internet, lots of these wild ingredients can be on your doorstep in a couple days. How cool is that?
So, for those who have a hard time venturing out of your kitchen comfort zone, here’s a very simple recipe that can transform your cooking…it’ll transport you from backyard burgers to delicious Asian cuisine in just a few quick minutes. All the ingredients are recognizable. They can all be purchased from your local grocery store. And this doesn’t take hours and complicated directions to put together. Now is your chance. Step out. If you’ve never bought seafood beyond salmon, shrimp and fish sticks, this is your moment! I dare you. No, I triple-dog dare you. Your barbecue will Never. Be. The. Same. Again.
Macadamia Green Curry Mahi-Mahi. The adventure begins!
- 1 cup fresh basil
- 1/4 cup cilantro
- 1 can coconut milk
- 3-4 Tbsp. Thai green curry paste
- 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- juice of 1-2 limes
- 4-6 mahi mahi fillets
- 1/3-1/2 cup macadamia nuts
- Puree 2/3 cup basil, cilantro, coconut milk and curry paste until smooth.
- Pour into saucepan and cook over medium heat until simmering.
- Add fish sauce, limes and sugar. Cook until thickened, about 10 minutes.
- Coat fish with 3-4 tbsp sauce.
- Grill fish just until cooked through. This should take about 5 minutes on each side over medium coals.
- Crush macadamia nuts and toast in skillet until golden.
- Place fish on platter and pour rest of sauce over; garnish with rest of basil and top with nutsl. Serve with lime wedges and rice or coconut rice.