Parmesan Herb Baked Mahi Mahi: The Most Flavorful Tasting Fish Ever!

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When you’re in the mood for something a little wilder than a plain old piece of fish, this Parmesan Herb Baked Mahi Mahi is the recipe you need. With this Parmesan Herb Baked Mahi Mahi recipe, you can take your fish game to new heights!

This Parmesan Herb Baked Mahi Mahi is the perfect recipe to try if you aren’t the biggest fan of fish. Mahi Mahi is a mild white fish and bakes up so quickly. It only takes 30 minutes using a few simple ingredients and you can treat your family to a delicious and healthy meal.

Baked mahi mahi on a plate with green beans and lemons

Parmesan Herb Baked Mahi Mahi

Mahi Mahi is one of our favorite types of fish to bake because it has such a nice texture and flavor profile. It’s light and easy, plus it’s high in protein, so it’s a great option for those looking to cut down on their red meat intake.

You can find Mahi Mahi at most grocery stores, or you can use any type of white meat fish in its place. You can serve this meal with rice pilaf, a baked potato, some roasted veggies or green beans for a complete meal that will leave you satisfied.

If you’re looking for more fish recipes, try our Baked Cod in Cream Sauce, Grilled Cilantro Lime Halibut, Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos, and Fish and Chips.

Benefits of Eating Fish

Besides tasting delicious, fish has multiple health benefits. It’s packed with nutrients (omega-3’s, vitamin D, protein), it could lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, depression, autoimmune diseases (diabetes), and even asthma. It can also improve vision and sleep!

Sometimes fish can be hard to include in your diet because it can taste, well… fishy. Recipes like this Parmesan Herb Baked Mahi Mahi are great for easing in to fish because you get perfectly tender, flaky, flavorful fish without the strong fishy flavor. My husband, who has a bit of an aversion to fish, absolutely LOVES this and has actually REQUESTED this dish more than once (which is kind of a big deal).

Close up of mahi mahi on a fork

What Does Mahi Mahi Taste Like?

Mahi Mahi has a moderately mild taste to it, much like cod or grouper. It is a wild-caught, white-fleshed saltwater fish so it doesn’t have much of a “fishy” flavor to it.  Mahi Mahi has a better flavor and texture than tilapia (in my honest opinion) and is more meaty. It is slightly more firm and a little sweeter that other ocean-caught fish. It flakes easily and takes on different flavor profiles very well. Mahi Mahi is the perfect fish for this recipe. It takes on the slightly tangy flavor of the marinade as it bakes and flakes off in perfect, savory bites.

Key Ingredients

This recipe does’t have many ingredients, but the ingredients that are used make all the difference! Here are some of the key ingredients used:

  • Good Seasons Zesty Italian Seasoning – what we love about this Italian seasoning is that it is easy and flavorful. It really complements the fish and gives it a bright flavor.
  • Mayonnaise – We like using mayo instead of butter because of the flavor. It infuses the fish while also making it tender and juicy.
  • Parmesan cheese – In Italy adding cheese to seafood is a cardinal sin. BUT this isn’t really meant to be an Italian recipe (despite using “Italian seasoning”). Don’t worry, the parmesan doesn’t overpower the fish. If you really are worried about it or if you are an Italian that is offended by this recipe, you can leave it out.
  • Breadcrumbs – Breadcrumbs are the secret to getting that nice, crispy coating. You can use regular or panko breadcrumbs. I prefer the texture of the panko but you can use whatever you have on hand.
  • Lemon – I don’t know about you, but I MUST have lemon served with my fish. Whether it be a little drizzle of lemon butter or a lemon wedge to squeeze over the top before eating, I just need that zesty-ness.

Mahi Mahi Marinade

For this recipe we keep the marinade simple with just a little olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning, and a little salt and black pepper, to taste. If you want to add a little more zest to your fish, you can add a few tablespoons of lemon juice or lemon zest. Feel free to also add lemon pepper, dill, paprika, parsley, tarragon, or any other herbs or spices you love. 

What Goes Well With Baked Mahi Mahi Fillets?

For a top notch Mahi Mahi meal, serve this dish with some seasoned rice, such as our Easy Stovetop Rice Pilaf with Orzo and some roasted vegetables, like our Oven Roasted Asparagus. You can also serve fish with baked potatoes or keep it light with a tasty side salad, like our Copycat Cafe Zupa’s Nuts About Berries Salad.

Tips for this Recipe

  • I typically find beautiful mahi mahi filets for a decent price at Costco. I like to get their individually packaged frozen filets. But if you don’t have any on hand, you could use cod, tilapia, halibut, or any kind of fish.
  • The only ingredient that you may not have on hand for this is the Italian seasoning mix. If you don’t have it available, don’t worry about making a special trip to the store just to get some. We have got you covered. We have a homemade version on our recipe for Zesty Italian Shredded Chicken.
Baked mahi mahi on a dinner plate

FAQ

How do I store leftovers?

You can store leftover mahi mahi in an airtight container in the fridge. It will be good for a couple of days. Reheat the fish in the microwave, or in the air fryer. It will be crispier in the air fryer.

Does the fish stick to the baking dish?

If you prep the baking pan properly, then the fish will not stick to the pan. A light spritz with cooking spray will do the trick. You can also line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.

Do I need to use fresh garlic?

Fresh, crushed garlic tastes the best in this recipe. However, you can also use jarred minced garlic.

More Fish Recipes

We have lots of tasty fish recipes that you are going to love! From soups to pastas to tacos, there are so many great ways to cook up fish.

Mahi mahi on a dinner plate

Parmesan Herb Baked Mahi Mahi

4.79 from 23 votes
Parmesan Herb Baked Mahi Mahi is the best baked mahi mahi recipe EVER. I would even go as far to say this the best FISH recipe ever. It is THAT good!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Marinating time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Seafood
Servings 6

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Ingredients

  • 6 Mahi Mahi filets

Marinade:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 packet Good Seasons Zesty Italian Seasoning

Topping:

Instructions

  • Place Mahi Mahi in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Combine marinade ingredients and pour into bag with mahi mahi. Press out air, seal, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
    Mahi mahi in marinade in a bag
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    In a small mixing bowl, combine Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, and salt & pepper.
    Remove mahi mahi from bag and discard marinade.
    mahi mahi topping ingredients in a bowl
  • Place mahi mahi on a greased 9×13 baking dish and spread yogurt mixture evenly over the top of each filet. Optional: Sprinkle extra breadcrumbs evenly over each filet for an extra crispy topping.
    Mahi mahi in a baking dish ready to be baked
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until cooked through and topping is golden brown.
    baked mahi mahi in a baking dish
  • Garnish with chopped green onions, chives, or a lemon slice if desired.
    Baked mahi mahi on a plate with green beans and lemons

Nutrition Information

Calories: 399kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 37gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 133mgSodium: 483mgPotassium: 768mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 375IUVitamin C: 0.8mgCalcium: 139mgIron: 2.8mg

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Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 4 stars
    easy and good. What more can you ask for!!!! You can cheat with a tablespoon oilve oil and Italian dressing to make 1/3 cup for the marinade. Love it and so does the grandkids.

    1. So glad you and your grandkids like the recipe! The parmesan herb sauce works great on any kind of fish.

  2. I cannot find the Good Seasons Zesty Italian Seasoning packets at any of my local grocery stores, or anything like it. What would you suggest substituting it with? Thank you!

    1. -3 tsp. Montreal Chicken seasoning (if you don’t have this, you can mix together a little salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper together.. and maybe even a dash red pepper flakes)
      -2 tsp sugar
      -4 tsp. oregano
      -2 tsp. lemon pepper

  3. It was delicious. I am making it again one night next week. My daughter and son-in-law asked to have it again soon.

  4. 5 stars
    Made this last night and it was sooo good, the flavors were mild enough as to not over power the taste of the fish, served it with asparagus and it was a Big hit, will definitely make this again and I’d like to try it on chicken too. Ty

  5. 5 stars
    Love that you shared the benefits for eating fish! It really is a healthy & delicious option. The mahi-mahi is incredible with the parmesan crust. We will be making it like this a lot more!

  6. 5 stars
    This was incredible, I love the yogurt topping and the fish, it has so much flavor and turns out super moist, amazing recipe!

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