Cashew Crusted Mahi Mahi


Isn’t it great to rediscover old friends?  Even old food friends?  Like this Cashew Crusted Mahi Mahi… 

Cashew Crusted Mahi Mahi

Cashew Crusted Mahi Mahi

When my kids were young and I lived the corporate life, this dish was a favorite.  I had a source of premium mahi mahi (frozen in individual serving sizes) and an afterschool nanny who would make this dish, adapted from Adelphia Seafood.  Preparation was quick enough to squeeze between swim club pick up and dance class drop off.  And the great flavor pleased kids and adults!  

Fast forward to life as a stay-at-home mom with more time, but less money… and the recipe faded away. (Though we did go one round with some bad cheap mahi mahi—eeuuww!) 

Cashew Crusted Mahi Mahi

Cashew Crusted Mahi Mahi

Recently, however, I was looking for a dish to serve to some dinner guests that would taste special yet not keep me in the kitchen.  When I found marinated mahi mahi at Costco (it rinsed off just fine & was reasonably priced), it was time to revive Cashew Crusted Mahi Mahi.   With everything ready to go before they arrived, I didn’t miss any conversation!  

Cashew Crusted Mahi Mahi with wine

Cashew Crusted Mahi Mahi with wine

Now that my kids are older, I’ve started taking some classes.  Photography at the local technical college, adult swimming with the recreation department, along with my longstanding ballet.  I am again racing home just in time for dinner.

You never know when life will come full circle.  Quick is back on the menu.  Along with Cashew Crusted Mahi Mahi! 

Cashew Crusted Mahi Mahi
Serves 4
Quick enough to sandwich between activities and special enough to serve to guest, Cashew Crusted Mahi Mahi is a delicious seafood entree!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
469 calories
19 g
160 g
23 g
46 g
9 g
242 g
497 g
2 g
0 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 469
Calories from Fat 197
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g
Saturated Fat 9g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 160mg
Sodium 497mg
Total Carbohydrates 19g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 2g
Protein 46g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 1/2 lbs. Fresh Mahi Mahi (4-6ounce portions)
  2. 1 cup Chopped Cashews (I prefer raw unsalted)
  3. 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  4. 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  5. 1/2 cup Coconut Milk (I freeze the remainder in ½ cup sizes)
  6. ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Rinse fish and pat dry.
  2. Fill one bowl with coconut milk, another bowl with chopped cashews and a third bowl with a mix of the cornstarch, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.
  3. Dredge the top of the first piece of fish in cornstarch mixture and shake off excess.
  4. Dip top of fillet (with the cornstarch) into the coconut milk then lay on chopped cashews. Place fillet, cashew side up, in baking dish sprayed with non-stick vegetable spray.
  5. Repeat with the remaining fillets, snugging them tightly one next to the other in the baking dish. Top with the remaining coconut milk.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until golden and cooked through.
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  1. I bet this is delicious Inger, I make something similar with macadamia nuts, will have to try with cashews.

  2. Everything tastes better with cashews! Thanks for this wonderful idea.

  3. The cashews sound like a wonderful way to serve this dish! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  4. a great quick-fix! cashews improve everything. 🙂

  5. That’s very pretty and I always enjoy putting quick on the menu!

    • I was surprised that a couple night classes would do this to me. But my sister, who studied art, let out a big laugh and said “I could have told you photography would take a lot of time!”

  6. Like, Cheri, I have used macadamia nuts but never cahsews – definitely time to give it a try!

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