Before I was married (over 50 years ago!), I rarely ate fish cooked any way but fried. My personal favorite was fried shrimp. Mother avoided most fish, but loved fried catfish. My parents owned a small cafe where my father cooked delicious foods, but I don’t remember his ever serving seafood other than fried fish and shrimp. Daddy loved fried oysters, and liked to make oyster stew with fresh oysters when he cooked at home, especially at Christmas. I still enjoy fried oysters, shrimp and catfish with hush puppies. But now, we enjoy a variety of fresh fish cooked in many ways. For quick family suppers, my go-to methods of preparation are grilling and baking. We grow fresh herbs in our garden, so often have fish paired with fresh dill, rosemary, or thyme. When This recipe was originally published Coastal Living. I did a search and found several versions online. I had never poached fish in olive oil before and wanted to try it The results were delicious so it won’t be the last time I use this combination of flavors or this method of cooking. The following is the way I adapted the Coastal Living recipe. And yes, we do live on the South Texas Gulf Coast.
Mahi Mahi Poached in Olive Oil with Rosemary and Tomato Salsa
2 (4-6 ounce) Mahi Mahi filets
2 cups olive oil
sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
4 Roma or Compari tomatoes (small, but not cherry tomatoes), halved
2 Tablespoons capers
1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives, chopped
1 Tablespoon champagne or white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
Heat olive oil in flat sided deep skillet.Place tomatoes in oil, cut side down, along with 1 sprig of rosemary. Cover and simmer gently for about 10 minutes, or until tomatoes are tender Remove tomatoes to plate to cool. Rinse fish and pat dry before sprinkling with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Lower fish carefully into flavor infused hot olive oil and poach 8 to 10 minutes or until fish is cooked through and flakes easily with fork. Remove from oil and place on serving dish.
While fish is cooking, put tomatoes in bowl and mash with fork or a few swirls of an immersion blender. Add capers, chopped Kalamata olives, chopped rosemary, and vinegar. Spoon this mixture over fish in serving dish and garnish with a whole sprig of rosemary.