My husband is on a low-sodium diet. I love salt. This has been an adjustment for me as the primary cook in the relationship. While I can add seasoning after cooking, it is alarming how much sodium one can take in without realizing it. Before he made the switch we were taking in a startling amount of sodium.
In researching the link between blood pressure and foods I found the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest out there. People in the Mediterranean eat healthier because healthy food is more readily available. Chickpeas, fish, extra virgin olive oil, whole grains, and olives completed my grocery list. A stark difference from the fatty foods I was used to cooking.
This new diet also taught me something- I like fish. Before now, my palate did not appreciate the fish located in Arkansas. I would turn up my nose at Bass and Catfish, I could however stomach Crappie; only if cooked a certain way and very rarely. Now that we have been experimenting and trying new things I’ve developed a taste for many tropical fish and delight in serving them up.
Mahi-Mahi is a low sodium, white flaky fish. I personally adore anything with garlic, and due to not being able to add salt we have instead turned to lemon to add some zest and pizazz to our meals.
-4 Mahi-Mahi filets
-Lemon Pepper (to taste)
-1/4 cup minced garlic
-4 tbsp lemon juice
-1 tbsp olive oil
-4 tbsp butter
1. Pat the Mahi-Mahi dry and generously season with lemon pepper.
2. Add olive oil to a large pan, set on medium-high heat. Once the oil is heated gently add the filets. Cook undisturbed approximately four minutes, or until bottom is golden brown and fish is cooked about halfway through. Flip and allow to cook completely through (2-4 minutes depending on thickness). Remove from pan and place on plate.
3. Add butter and lemon juice to pan, heat until butter is melted and bubbly. Add garlic, cook until lightly golden.
4. Spoon lemon, butter, garlic mixture over prepared fish and serve.
Garnish with lemon slices for serving. I didn’t plan this recipe before going grocery shopping, so mine is without any fancy garnishes. I served with cheesy cauliflower rice which made for a very light meal.