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The glaze for the Mahi-Mahi contains some things you may not be familiar with such as; Sambal oelek which is a simple, spicy chili paste. There is no garlic or other spices included which allows you to add heat to a dish without altering other delicate flavors. This is a common table condiment in Asia and China. Thai chili: This is a small chili with a fiery punch that doesn't dissipate with cooking. It ranges in color from green to red when fully ripe. and Lemongrass: One of the most important herbs in Thai and Vietnamese cooking. It's a long, thin stalk with gray-green coloring with a sour-lemon flavor. These spices and herbs, blended together makes the glaze for this fish delicious and flavorful, albeit very spicy!
- 1 1⁄4 lbs mahi mahi fillets
- 3 fennel bulbs
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 inch gingerroot, finely chopped
- 1 cup white wine
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
For the Spicy Orange Glaze
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 Thai chile, deseeded
- 2 inches gingerroot, roughly chopped
- 1⁄2 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 stalk lemongrass, crushed and cut
- Juice one fennel bulb by either a) placing in a juicer, or b) placing in blender, then straining blender contents; discarding solids.
- Cut each of the other two fennel bulbs into six pieces.
- Lightly sautee garlic and ginger in olive oil, until translucent.
- Add the cut fennel, white wine, and the fennel juice. Cook fennel until soft.
- Season fennel with salt and pepper.
- As fennel cooks, season the fish and place on grill (or grill pan). Cook about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
- Right before you remove fish from grill, brush on orange glaze. Serve fish with braised fennel.
- For the Spicy Orange Glaze:.
- Place sugar in a dry, hot pan, stirring until sugar is caramelized a golden brown.
- Add juice, thai chili, ginger, garlic and the lemongrass. Cook until reduced to half.
- Strain and chill until used to glaze the grilled mahi-mahi.