Mahi Mahi with Peanut Satay Sauce


Ordinarily, I make my sauces, but I cheated on this one and bought it in a jar. You can do the same, or find a recipe for it here. Also, my eight-year-old asked for beets while we were at the store, so I fixed those separately and used the greens in this recipe, because who says no when an eight-year-old asks for vegetables? But if you don’t have beet greens, spinach is fine.

"Meatless Friday: Mahi-mahi with peanut satay sauce" by Karen Ullo (

Copyright 2019 Karen Ullo. All rights reserved.

~4 oz. thin rice noodles, prepared according to package
~3 oz. peanut satay sauce, warmed

For the fish:
½ lb. fresh mahi mahi fillet, cut into portions
½ cup coconut rum
Salt and chili powder to taste

Heat a large skillet with a few tablespoons of rum. Add the fish. Coat it with the remaining rum, sprinkle with salt & chili powder to taste. Cover and allow to cook on medium heat 10-15 minutes, until the flesh flakes easily. If the pan starts to dry out, add more rum.

For the vegetables:
2 or 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 ear fresh corn, cut the kernels off the cob
8 oz. can water chestnuts, drained
~1 cup beet greens and stems (or substitute spinach)
1-2 T oil
Salt and chili powder to taste
Fresh cilantro, chopped

Heat the oil in a wok or other large pan. Add carrots, corn, water chestnuts, and beet stems. Season to taste. Sauté on high 10-15 minutes, until they begin to caramelize. Add the greens. When the greens are wilted, it’s done.

Plate the fish with sauce. Plate the noodles, vegetables, and sauce together, and garnish everything with cilantro.


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Copyright 2019 Karen Ullo


About Author

Karen Ullo is the author of two novels, Jennifer the Damned (2015) and Cinder Allia (2017). She is also the managing editor of the Catholic literary journal Dappled Things, as well as a wife and mother of two. Find out more at

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