How To Cook Mahi Mahi On The Grill

If you’re looking for a white fish with a distinctively sweet and juicy quality, try Mahi Mahi. Its meat has a firm, crab-like feel and can take on loads of flavor. This fish is thus ideal for grilling since it absorbs tastes and seasonings well and remains firm during and after cooking.

If you’re one to experiment with fish recipes, your adventures are not complete without grilling mahi-mahi. We’ve provided all the details you’ll need for the process, and our recommendations will ensure that you get the juiciest and tastiest results with your grilled Mahi-mahi recipes.

How To Cook Mahi Mahi On The Grill

Tips for Cooking Mahi Mahi on the Grill

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When making grilled mahi mahi recipes, you’ll need a few tips to guarantee outstanding results:

Start with fresh fish, if you can – Begin with the freshest mahi mahi available. If you can be there when the boat arrives onshore and buy the fish directly from there, then, by all means, do so. For most individuals, the best option is to go to a local fishmonger, and for many people, buying it frozen is another choice.

Keep your fish from sticking to the grill – To manage this, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Oil the fish first by brushing olive oil on all sides of the fish.
  • Next, make sure not to turn the Mahi Mahi fish filet until it has released itself from the grill. If it’s stuck to the grill, don’t try to turn it. It may take about 4 or 5 minutes to grill on one side.
  • Finally, try grilling the fish with the skin on.

Grilling mahi mahi with the skin on – Grilling your mahi-mahi is recommended with the skin on and side down on the grill. This is so that the fish is prevented from falling apart while cooking on the grill.

Although most people do not like to eat the skin of Mahi Mahi because it might be tough, you can actually serve the fish with the skin on. Alternatively, you can remove the skin shortly before serving. Because the underside of the fish skin will not be eaten, there may be no need to season it.

You can’t go wrong with lemon – To pair with the mahi-mahi, we recommend grilling a lemon. On top, the smoky lemon juice is the ideal finishing touch. Simply cut a lemon in half, spray it with olive oil, and sear it on the grill till dark golden brown while the fish cooks.

Ideal doneness – Mahi-mahi can be eaten medium-rare and above, but if you prefer it well done, cook it to 160°F. After it has been removed from the grill, it will continue to cook, so keep this in mind.

Storage tips – Mahi mahi can be prepared ahead of time, refrigerated, and reheated later. However, we recommend grilling mahi mahi right before serving the finest flavor possible. If you must store it, keep it refrigerated for up to 5 days in an airtight container.


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Cooking Mahi Mahi on the Grill

Mahi Mahi is an excellent option when making grilled fish recipes due to the fact that it has a strong texture that does not come apart easily. Follow these easy steps when grilling mahi mahi:

  • Brush all sides of the mahi-mahi fillets with olive oil and set them aside on a sheet tray.
  • Season the fish after that. Combine the salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and black pepper in a small bowl. Season the top and sides of the fish with all of the spice.
  • Season the fish with the seasoning on the top and sides of each filet.
  • Grease the grates and preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Once the grill is hot, place the mahi mahi flesh side down on it. Grill for 3-5 minutes per side, or until done to your liking. Only flip the fish once or as little as possible to avoid splitting it up. It’s deemed to be fully done when the temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Remove the fish from the grill and immediately brush the tops with melted butter.
  • Serve the mahi mahi with grilled lemon wedges on the side.

After this procedure, you have flavorful and mouth-watering mahi-mahi delivered onto your plate. The cooking process is also pretty easy and straightforward.

Cooking Time for Mahi Mahi on the Grill

Follow the timing guidelines in the table below for grilled mahi mahi recipes:

Cooking procedure Cooking time
Grilling Mahi Mahi 3 to 5 minutes per side


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Grilled Mahi Mahi (2 Servings)

  • Author: Bobby


  • 2 mahi-mahi filets, 6 ounces each
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon of kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of butter, melted
  • 1 lemon, cut into halves (optional ingredient)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (optional ingredient for garnishing)


  1. Brush the mahi-mahi fillets with olive oil on all sides and place aside on a sheet tray.
  2. Combine the salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and black pepper in a small bowl. Season the top and sides of the fish with the seasoning. Make the most of everything! Season the fish with the spice.
  3. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and grease the grates.
  4. Place the mahi-mahi flesh side down once the pan is heated. Place the lemon halves cut side down on the grill if you’re cooking them. Grill the fish for 3-5 minutes per side, or until the desired doneness is reached. To avoid breaking up the fish, only flip it once or as little as possible. A temperature of 165°F is considered well done.
  5. Remove the mahi-mahi and grilled lemon from the grill and brush the tops of the fish with melted butter. Set aside for a few minutes before serving. Optional ways to garnish include parsley and grilled lemon halves.

This recipe produces really delicious and flavorful fish, one that you and your family are sure to enjoy. The entire cooking time for this grilled mahi-mahi recipe is 18 minutes, including a prep time of 5 minutes, a cook time of  10 minutes and an additional 3 minutes. If you’d like to see more ways to grill Mahi Mahi, then try this video recipe.