Trader Joe's once again comes through with a great, easy to make product: seasoned mahi mahi fillets. Mahi mahi has been my favorite fish for a few years, so when I saw a package of it in the frozen section of TJ's, vacuum sealed in a package with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, parsley, red chili and black pepper, I thought it would be good to grill for dinner.
I took it out of the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge overnight. Once the grill was hot I threw the fish on, cooking it for about five minutes on each side.
I had a package of shredded cabbage and I made a simple cole slaw - mayonnaise, vinegar, a few drops of olive oil and a generous amount of fresh cracked pepper. The second thing I ever started making myself, when I was 20 and first got into cooking, was cole slaw. I found a recipe online for cole slaw that I thought sounded good so I made it for a party, and more than a dozen people told me it was the best cole slaw they'd ever had. I do not remember if I told them it was a recipe I'd found or if I tried to pass it off as my own. (My guess would be the latter.) I used to make it frequently (and everyone said it was amazing), but it calls for about a dozen ingredients, so I've found that this scaled-down version of it is easier - especially when I'm just making it for one or two people.
I also wanted some potato chips to go with this dinner, so I went by Whole Foods to look at their selection. They had a bag of Terra chips in a new "General Tso" flavor with a $1 off coupon adhered to the bag, so that's all I bought. The total at checkout, with the coupon discount, was $1.86. I'm reasonably certain that's the smallest amount I have ever spent at Whole Foods. I heated the chips in the oven, at 350 degrees for five minutes, to warm them up and release some of the oils. They were very good.
The fish was outstanding - tender and very juicy. The lemon flavor was almost overpowering so I added more black pepper to it. If I had been serving this to guests I would have melted some butter on the fish as it grilled, but I was trying to make it somewhat healthy.
I will definitely try this mahi mahi again, perhaps even chopping it up and serving it in tacos next time.