Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

Mined this off the web and made my own version of it for dinner. I had some frozen mahi mahi from Tader Joe's and it was so perfect with the tomato basil sauce! Do not sub the sauce--or if you do, consider adding some of the below ingredients, like fish sauce. The sauce is a little sweet and goes especially well with seafood. This is also really, really easy--good weeknight meal.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Coat pan with cooking oil and pan fry Mahi Mahi fillets until golden brown.
  2. To prepare sauce, saute garlic and shallots in pan.
  3. Add onion, tomato paste and chopped tomatoes, fish sauce, vinegar or lemon juice and sugar.
  4. Stir in chicken stock and simmer until sauce thickens.
  5. Remove from heat and add basil.
  6. To Serve, top Mahi Mahi fillets with generous helping of tomato basil sauce.
  7. (Vegetarian option: Substitute Mahi Mahi fillets with deep fried tofu and use vegetable stock in the sauce.) You can also substitute any mild white flesh fish instead of Mahi if you can't get it in your area.
  8. Garnish with a pretty whole basil leaf or bunch of leaves.
Most Helpful

I used canned Italian style diced tomatoes and only two diced garlic cloves. I also omitted the basil leaf because the tomatoes were already seasoned and did not use tomato paste as I did not have any. Used soy sauce and lemon juice. This was very tasty and paired well with the fish. I cooked the fish until almost done, made the sauce and simmered it for a few minutes then put the fish back into the pan to finish cooking. Would definitely make this dish again.

carwashgirl February 07, 2011

I made this on mahi we caught in Key West. I think the topping was acceptable, but seemed a bit too Italian for our mahi tastes.

MDG August 23, 2009

Great recipe. We were concerned that the amount of garlic called for would be overpowering, but it wasn't at all! skipped the sugar, used lemon and soy. Terrific flavor all around. Thanks! Andiamo

Andiamo Due September 06, 2008