Poor Man's Lobster ( Mahi Mahi)

"I found a similar recipe on the internet and then I personalized it. I just love Mahi Mahi and this recipe really hits the spot. Simply decadent!"
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  • Cut fillets into 2 inch chunks and drizzle with the lemon juice.
  • Pour the beer into the bottom of a saucepan (if using fresh lemon juice, toss the leftover lemon rind in with beer) and place a collapsible vegetable steamer over the beer.
  • Bring the beer to a boil, place the fish chunks in the steamer, cover and steam for 5 to 10 minutes, dependent upon the thickness of the fish.
  • The fish will be rubbery if it is overcooked.
  • Meanwhile, heat the butter with the garlic and salt (I heat it slowly until the garlic is no longer raw).
  • Remove the fish from the steamer and discard the beer/liquid/rind.
  • Serve the fish chunks with the garlic butter dipping sauce.

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  1. Ann Cecile
    I could definitely see where this would have been totally awesome had I not overcooked the fish. They were dry but not rubbery. It would be great to add a tip on how to make sure not to overcook with this recipe.
  2. jumpinjack7
    Big G's new favorite, want to try with other fish. (Crappie)
  3. Marcea Pfarner
    I made this to serve with a surf and turf. It was good and real easy to make, although not very flavorful. It not my favorite was to make Mahi Mahi, but it was the easiest. I marinated the fish in some Beer and lemon for about an hour. I used Heineken, and the fish was a wild caught, same day :) I'll make it again, . I cooked the butter till it was clear and garlic was soft and mushy
  4. Debloves2cook
    Great dish....quick to make, a good combination!
  5. merron-iru kami
    A very tasty recipe! I imagine it's called "poor man's lobster" because of the technique - steamed and dunked in butter. It reminded me of the pan-broils we used to eat with my family on the atlantic shore. I thought the beer imparted a lovely, subtle flavor without overwhelming the delicate fish - I don't know what to tell the poor souls who tried to boil the mahi in the beer, except this - get a steamer and try this recipe again! It is worth your while!



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