Mahi Mahi Soup

So many times it happens that we prepare food with a base idea in mind and along the way we create some recipes which are a keep forever. This is one of those recipes which I invented while cooking. Broadly,I wanted to make a fish soup for long but was not very sure of the texture and kind of fish I wanted to use. Frankly speaking I do not have much of knowledge of  fish varieties available in here. I know one or two which taste great in Indian preparations but regarding rest I am really dumb.

Finally, last week I fished out a recipe while standing in cookbook section of Borders while gazing through the big collection they have. It kind of amazes me also and I don’t know if someone else has also noticed it too that the sale of cookbooks,recipe diaries etc form such a big industry in here.And people do spend a lot of money on these books as a keepsake.Back in India, I used to see my mom and aunts cutting food recipes from the magazines or at the most copying recipes in a diary or from cookery shows on T.V…hardly I saw someone buying a recipe book and even if they did..hardly using it.

Coming back ,I didn’t even buy that book from Borders but while P was searching for his stuff, I had some time so I read the recipe and liked it a lot. The very next day ,I got some really good quality fish from the grocery store coz I wanted to recreate the recipe before I forget it :) So this recipe with lots of improvisation, searches on internet and the soup was born and I know I am going to use this one for a lot of other soup preparations too.Makes for a good brunch as well as a hearty dinner, this can be served as a appetizer too.

A very simple recipe with day-to-day spices from the  pantry but everything comes together very nicely and gives the soup a great taste.The original recipes calls for a stock but I used normal water.You can use vegetable or chicken stock .Pair up the fish with veggies of your choice and don’t forget a squirt of lemon coz lime juice brightens up the taste, especially of seafood.I recommend adding ginger becasue it adds up a lot of fresh & spicy flavor.I think that mahi mahi is a really good choice for this soup because of the moist flesh and the mild taste.However, go ahead and experiment with spices and fish varieties!It is incredibly easy to make, given how tasty the results are. However, the recipe works well with white fish mainly.I might try shrimp too sometime.

What I needed: (Serves 2)

[Recipe adapated from here]

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of chopped onions
  • 1 large garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger [recommended]
  • 1/2 cup beans , cut into small stalks [optional]
  • 1-2 green chillies, minced
  • 2/3 cup fresh cilantro/parsley , finely chopped
  • 1 /2 cup of fresh chopped tomato
  • 1 cup water [or vegetable/chicken stock]
  • 1 lb mahi mahi fish fillets cut into 1″ pieces [you can use halibut, cod, red snapper or sea bass)
  • 1 tsp crushed black pepper [adjust to taste]
  • pinch each of dry oregano,rosemary & thyme
  • 2 tsp lemon juice [or more]
  • Salt

How I did it :

  • In a large pot,Heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add chopped onion  and saute till translucent,about 4 min.
  • Next, add garlic , ginger, minced green chilli and cilantro and stir for 2 min.
  • Add tomato, and cook  for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the green beans, water , black pepper, salt , oregano , thyme and let it come to a boil.
  • Once boiling, add the fish and simmer until fish is cooked properly,about  8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and add lemon juice.
  • Ladle into a bowl, and serve warm.


  1. For vegetarian options you can replace fish with tofu or paneer [Indian cottage cheese] I think this recipe will taste best with lots of veggies only too.
  2. Avoid over cooking the fish, keep a check on it.

Mahi-Mahi on FoodistaMahi-Mahi

Sending this to Debin’s Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammies) Sundays


  1. Tanvi I love fish soups. So healthy and this recipe is fantastic!

  2. awesome recipe Tanvi. my Husband loves fish soups and am gonna make it for him. the tofu idea is rocking too.

  3. I’m not into fish soups! but this looks so gooood. I don’t own a single cookbook recipe. Though I have been meaning to buy many of them but I’m sure I ‘ll never use them.

  4. I am a seafood fan! This would be exactly what I love for a light and flavourful lunch!

  5. Dear Tanvi
    Thats a great starter indeed ( I mean the nice write up) followed by the great recipe.
    Can you imagine, I did not know, a few months back, what Mahi Mahi was . The other day , I was more lazy so I did not go to a fresh fish shop, instead went to frozen fish shop.
    The shop keeper shoved a packet of fish fillet on ” Eat now , if you like then pay later” basis.
    Then he gave me a lecture on Mahi Mahi, which I never ate before or heard of it. ( shame on a fish-worm ( like book worm) like me!!!. The internet was full of praise of this weird looking fish ..
    It is so tasty really. ..I made some fish fingers ( the recipe is there in my blog with diff fish , try it ) .
    Most of our day to day fish curries ( Bong) are bland dishes and can be termed as soup.
    Anyway I shall try this soup exactly as per your recipe with Mahi Mahi ( too expensive, and rightly so) and later with any other fish .
    Have a nice week ahead

  6. Soup looks very tasty and wholesome. Will try it out very soon.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. the soup sounds very delicious….would love to try….

  8. wow sounds like a great easy soup, these days am craving a lot for soup, my fav is salmon soup, even last night i have our Indian Knnor chicken soup Yum….shall try your soonish! Though am staying in Finland for past 4 yrs, Finland is famous for fish, all i know is salmon fish, so count me in too :D

  9. Tanvi thats a very noce recipe…even I am also very sceptical in making fish soups as I always get scared how it would be tasted,or even i will get the fishy smell all over the soup..but this one is really mind blowing…..will try it…..

  10. I love fish soup and mahimahi is such a versatile fish that works very well in soups like this. I like all the herbs and spices in your soup–thanks for sending it to Souper Sundays. ;-)

  11. Tanvi,

    Mahi Mahi soup looks delicious. I like your chocolate strawberry dessert. Love the clicks.

  12. Hi Tanvi, thanks for visiting me, you have a lovely blog, winter coming down soon I was looking at the soup, I thought I could give it a try, as a vegetarian I was wondering what can I replace and below I read the vegetarian options thanxs for that, and the Green tomato I have used was not sour, you should check aparna’s blog because she buys them she might be able to help you, I have not seen green tomatoes anywhere nearby in the shops, once my tomatoes stop giving me the fruits that’s it :(, Definitely try the recipes, the pickles were really nice…

  13. Thats a comforting bowl of soup, makes me drool..

  14. I would have actually never thought of making a fish husband would love this im sure

  15. oh my gosh, all I really needed to do was read the title to make me want to devour this!

  16. Great work on your improvisation, looks delicious :)

  17. This soup is visually stunning and looking through the ingredients that you used, I’ll wager it is delicious as well. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  18. I love Mahi Mahi, this looks really good!

  19. pinkcadlac says:

    Just found, and made this delicious recipe! Absolutely wonderful KEEPER!
    Thanks so much!

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