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Quick cooking

Colorful mahi-mahi is fast, easy, fresh

Associated Press
Published March 23, 2005

This easy-to-make dish rewards both cook and diners by delivering a lively, bright taste with an original combination of fresh ingredients.

Hot pepper and cool citrus are only a part of it: creamy avocado and red onion are also in the ensemble complementing the flavorful fish.

The recipe is from Bon Appetit's test kitchen, featured in the magazine's February issue.

It provides for two servings, perhaps a quiet dinner a deux.

Mahi-Mahi With Blood Orange, Avocado and Red Onion Salsa

1 blood orange, Cara Cara orange, or regular orange (see note)

1/2 cup 1/3-inch cubes avocado

1/3 cup chopped red onion

2 teaspoons minced red jalapeno

2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

2 teaspoons olive oil

Two 6-ounce mahi-mahi fillets

Preparation time: 30 minutes. Total time: 30 minutes.

Using a small sharp knife, cut peel and white pith from orange. Working over small bowl, cut between membranes to release segments. Add avocado, onion, jalapeno and lime juice to oranges in bowl; stir gently to blend. Season salsa to taste with salt.

Heat oil in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper. Add fish to skillet and saute until brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.

Place 1 fillet on each of 2 plates. Spoon salsa atop fish and serve.

Makes 2 servings.

Although they look like regular navel oranges, Cara Cara oranges are tinged pink on the inside and taste a little sweeter. You'll find them at some supermarkets and farmers markets.

[Last modified March 22, 2005, 09:38:05]

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