When I was shopping at Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago, I was about to grab my standard bag of frozen shrimp when it occurred to me that I have not been eating enough fish as of late. Crustaceans I’ve had aplenty. I’ve had chicken and steak and plenty of veggies; but no healthy, tasty fish! I suppose my regular tuna consumption could count, but that’s usually of the canned variety, which I use in salads and such. I felt it was high time to enjoy another type of fish that I could prepare in different ways, so I put down my bag of shrimp and picked up a couple of filets of Mahi-mahi instead.
I love most types of fish but find myself going back to mahi-mahi and ahi tuna quite a bit. Their texture, flavor, and versatility make them huge favorites of mine. TJ’s offers both pre-marinated and plain versions of each in their freezer section and they’re quite affordable ($4.99/lb to $5.99/lb). I had chosen some plain mahi-mahi filets so that I’d have some more options on how to prepare it. For this particular dish, I decided to make crispy mahi-mahi, something I rarely do as I’m more fond of fish without any type of batter or crust. Enter the lovely panko crumb, a lighter way to get that tasty crunch everyone loves. And because it finally warmed up a bit this weekend, I decided a nice fresh fruit salsa or relish would be a great accompaniment to my crispy fish. With a great deal on fresh ripe mangos that Ms. Munchie and I had found last weekend, I knew they would definitely be a part of this new recipe.
A good fruit salsa or relish is always great to have on hand in the summertime because they offer a refreshing, sweet twist to seafood, chicken, and even pork dishes. Because the cooler weather held on for so long, I hadn’t been all that inspired to make a fruit relish ’til now. In fact, the last one I made – a cantaloupe-nectarine relish that went with some chicken; muy delicioso – was almost a year ago! Needless to say, it was high time for me to prepare a new one, and instead of sticking to my usual mango salsa recipe, I decided to throw in some cool, crisp cucumber & red bell peppers to create a refreshing little relish. Combined with the crispy fish it was absolutely delightful! Serve this with a side of grilled veggies or a fresh salad, and you’ll have a healthy, inexpensive summertime dinner with very little effort.