Mahi-Mahi Paksiw is a Recipe / Dish with a sour flavor that matches the taste of the fish and perfectly combined with not just a 1 cup of rice because you definitely ask for more. Every Filipino would love it and surely will have this in their every meal at least twice a month. Paksiw is a Filipino style of cooking, whose name means “to cook and simmer in vinegar.” Common dishes bearing the term, however, can vary substantially depending on what is being cooked.

Mahi-Mahi Paksiw Preparation Tips

The Mahi-Mahi or Common DolphinFish (Coryphaena Hippurus) is a surface-dwelling ray-finned fish found in off-shore temperate, tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. Eating Mahi-Mahi benefits your health by contributing to your daily protein intake. Each 3-ounce serving of the fish provides 20.2 grams of protein, which your body uses to maintain your tissues. It’s a source of complete protein, which means it contains all the essential amino acids you need to survive. The mahi-mahi should not be confused with the mammal called dolphin. One distinguishing characteristic between mature males and females, the male has a very rounded head profile and the female’s head slopes down to the mouth.

Mahi-Mahi’s Head – Traditional Filipino Paksiw

TRIVIA: Mahi-Mahi is lower in calories and fat than Whitefish. A 3-ounce serving of mahi-mahi contains 85 calories and less than 1 gram of fat. If you eat fish regularly, mahi-mahi is a healthier choice as too much-saturated fat increases your risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes and Cancer.

TIPS: Fresh whole fish should have.

  • A shiny surface with tightly adhering scales.
  • Gills that are deep red or pink, free of slime, Mucus and off-odor.
  • Clean shiny belly cavity with no cuts or protruding bones.
  • A mild aroma, similar to the ocean.
  • Remember to purchase seafood last and keep it cold during the trip home.
Mahi-Mahi Paksiw Recipe
 
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Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. Mahi-Mahi Fillets / Head
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 piece (2-in/5-cm) ginger, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 green chili peppers
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, combine Mahi-Mahi, Garlic, Ginger, Water and Vinegar
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and add the fish sauce, salt and chili peppers.
  4. Simmer for about 30 minutes, or until cooked.
  5. Fish flakes when tested with a fork.
  6. Add / Adjust those Ingredients according to taste
  7. Serve
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