Chinese Five Spice Mahi Mahi

During  trip to the supermarket we saw this beautiful fillet of Mahi Mahi.  I have always had Mahi Mahi with sour soup (Sinigang).  But this beautiful fish has to be highlighted more than just drowning it in broth.

Another ingredient in this dish that I love so much is the Chinese Five Spice powder. The 5 spices in this powder represent wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.  It is said that these 5 elements are manifested in various parts of the human body and an imbalance of these elements causes disease.  Therefore, 5 spice powder is said to balance the “yin” and “yang” in food. There are many combinations of the 5 spice powder but the most common is a mixture of star anise, cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan pepper and fennel seeds.   


2 lbs Mahi Mahi fillet (around 4 cuts)

1 1/2 tsps 5 spice powder

1 clove garlic, minced

zest of 1 lemon


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a small bowl, mix 5 spice powder and minced garlic.

Coat the Mahi Mahi with the 5 spice powder and garlic mixture.

Line your baking pan with parchment paper or if you don’t have parchment paper, just spray your baking pan with cooking spray.

Place Mahi Mahi pieces on the pan and top with grated lemon zest.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the fish becomes flaky.


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