How to Grill Mahi Mahi with Skin

Wondering How to Grill Mahi Mahi with The Skin to Experience Vibrant Flavors?

Cooking fish is a very delicate business. You need to ensure what kind of fish you are cooking precisely. Almost every fish gets an even better taste after you grill it, and fishes are perfect for grilling, pan-frying, and even steaming.

Moreover, grilling is probably the healthiest way of cooking your fish. What is the best fish to grill if not Mahi Mahi? This fish starts off with a shade of pink. Eventually, it turns white, which means it’s done. The best comfort, as well as fancy food to have, is grilled mahi-mahi with a side of salsa.

Buying Mahi Mahi

Before getting all worked up about grilling, you need to know it is very important for you to know where to find the best one in the market. However, this fish is available in the frozen section.

We personally would recommend getting this fish, specifically fresh, if you intend to grill it. 

Nothing is better than fresh fish grilled, so you need to figure out if the fish is fresh or not.

The fresh Mahi Mahi that has been freshly filleted should not smell at all. It should have a neutral scent and should look moist. Fresh mahi-mahi has pinkish-red dots and lines on it. The frozen ones also have the same qualities but have a dull color to them. The lines are brown instead of pink. This indicated that the fish is old and may or may not go bad right away.

And the skin must look shiny, and most and the color must be silver to dark grey spots, but it MUST look shiny.

Make sure to buy the fish the day you cook it, or a day before, no longer than that. If they spend any more time in the freezer, it might not taste its best.


How to Grill Mahi Mahi with Skin

These fish are long, so make sure to cut them into portion sizes. It will look better on the plate as well as be easier to grill them in that way. 


What will you need

Mahi Mahi with its skin 

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Other spices like chili powder, cumin, etc., 

Having a mango avocado salsa will enhance the taste experience even more

To make that, you’ll need

Ripe mango, cubed

Ripen avocado, thinly sliced

Chopped onion

Chopped cilantro

3 tbsp of lime juice

Lime wedges



The first step you are required to do is take your Mahi-mahi and pat it down with a paper towel.

If mahi-mahi is in the freezer, take it out and let it sit at room temperature for an hour before cooking it. Do not use the microwave when defrosting the fish. Leave it at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. That would make it perfect.

Some people love to wrap it in foil to keep it moist, but it only works best if the fish doesn’t have skin on it.


Get a bowl and mix all; the spices like salt, pepper, chili, and cumin. Get your fish and drizzle it down with olive oil and make sure that all sides of the fish is well coated. If you wish, add your dry seasoning on the top and bottom of the fish.

You need to let your fish marinate for about 30 minutes (optional), but it will make those spices really come out. However, it’s not necessary to do it. You can start grilling right away.


Heat your grill to medium to high for at least 10 minutes. Make sure to keep the flames a little low (maybe medium). You want your fish to cook clean and delicate, so if you keep the temperature high, your fish may end up getting burnt on the outside and raw on the inside.

Make sure to clean your grate grills before grilling so that any excess particles of food or leftover grease don’t get mixed up with the fish that you are cooking. It’s ideal to oil the grates before grilling so that fish might not get stuck between the grills.


Once all the necessary steps are done, the grill is preheated and coated with oil. It’s time to get grilling. Place your Mahi Mahi skin side down on the grill now reduce the grill’s heat down to medium. 

After it’s been cooking for about 5-7 minutes on medium flames, carefully flip the fish 180 degrees and cook it for about 5-7 minutes on the other side. If your fish is 2 inches wide, then cook it for 8 minutes each.

It is always ideal for grilling the fish skin side down because the skin is a lot denser than the flesh.

Now all the necessary steps are done. Your Mahi-mahi is cooked. Mix up your salsa and sever it when it’s hot. 

Frequently Asked Questions       

Can I flip Mahi Mahi while grilling?

Well, for this, an important factor to consider is to wait until the fish fillet leaves the grill naturally. At this moment, try to lift it gently. If the fillet comes out without sticking, then it is the right time to flip it. Flip the fish fillets and allow them to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. However, do not overcook. 

How much time does it require to grill Mahi Mahi?

Carefully place the Mahi Mahi fillet on the oiled grill. Now, cook for around 2 to 4 minutes. After this, with the help of a spatula, turn it over. Give the same amount of time as earlier to cook the other side or let it grill until crisp.  

Bottom Line

Grilled mahi-mahi is quite light and offers amazing healthy flavors to enjoy. It is a perfect option to go for when one needs a break from beef or chicken. Whether you are holding a weeknight party or want to have a light meal, therefore, this article entails all the basic steps on how to grill Mahi Mahi with skin. So, enjoy it with your loved ones. Happy cooking!

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