Summer Kiss Melon-Miso Marinated Mahi Mahi
You'll only have to move about your kitchen for about 15 minutes to create this delicious, melt-in-your mouth fish dish. (While it's marinating, you can go about your day.)
Fruits often lend themselves to marinades, as they slightly sweeten and can sometimes help to tenderize meats, poultry and fish. Of all fruits, it's not often we find melon as an ingredient in a marinade -- but let me tell you, the results are amazing.
And don't you love a dish that tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen, but really, it only took you minutes to whip up!?
Summer Kiss Melon-Miso Marinated Mahi Mahi Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Marinating time: 6 hours
Cook Time: 10 minutes
1 cup Summer Kiss Melon, roughly cut into large chunks
1/4 cup light or white miso paste (Shiro-Miso)
1/4 cup Mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine)
1/4 cup sake
1 teaspoon very finely minced fresh ginger root
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/8 cup grape seed oil
4 (approximately 5-ounce) fillets wild-caught Mahi Mahi
Freshly ground black pepper
1. Add the melon chunks to a blender or food processor fitted with the blade attachment, and blend until it's as smooth as possible. (Small bits of melon are okay.)
2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk the melon purée with the miso paste, Mirin, sake, ginger, sugar and oil.
3. Once it's a very smooth mixture, pour it into a large zip-lock bag. Add the fish fillets, remove all the air from the bag, and seal it. Make sure all of the fish is well coated with the marinade, and place the bag in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 6 hours, and ideally overnight.
4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, and adjust a rack to the upper third of the oven.
5. Remove the fish from the refrigerator, and cover a baking sheet with foil. As you take the fillets out of the bag, let any excess marinade drip off. (Do not wipe any that remains on the fish off -- you want that!) Then place each fillet on the foil-covered baking sheet, and season both sides with a bit of salt and pepper.
6. Place the baking sheet in the preheated 400 degree F oven and bake just until it's cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes. You can use a fork to check for doneness -- if the fish flakes apart it's ready.
7. Serve immediately!