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Fresh Island Fish with Mango SalsaThis morning I got a text from my friend Cristina. “Are you home? We have an overwhelming amount of mangos and I’d like to bring you some.”    Ummmm… Yes!!!

I love mangos! Who doesn’t? If you don’t like mangos you’ve probably never had a mango from Maui. Maui mangos No Ka Oi! Mangos from South America that travel around the world and end up in a grocery store in the middle of winter just don’t cut it for Maui Flour Child.

Here’s a strange thing that happens in Hawaii, even during the peak of mango season, certain grocery stores insist on importing these plastic smelling, sorry excuses for mangos. Why???

If you’re visiting, don’t be fooled! Go to a farmers market and buy yourself a local mango, it will be worth it, I promise!

Some people are allergic to mangos and for this I am sorry. Life isn’t always fair. Hopefully they are not also allergic to wine…that would just be cruel.

Cristina and I have been friends since we were 3 years old playing under the monkeypod tree at Kapalua Preschool. We don’t see each other nearly enough. Friends who bring you mangos from their trees are one of the best things about living in Hawaii!  It makes the $5/gallon gas prices worth it. It is also an excellent excuse to have tea and talk story with an old friend.

I had been struggling trying to decide on a worthy first blog post for Maui Flour Child.  I wanted my first post to breathe the essence of Hawaii.  Thank you Cristina for your act of kindness. Sharing mangos should be included in the definition of aloha.

Aloha means, hello, goodbye, I love you and here’s a bucket of mangos from my tree.

 

Maui Mangos No Ka Oi

For the Mango Salsa

1 large peeled and diced mango about 1 1/2  cups

3/4 cup peeled, seeded and diced cucumber

1 T finely diced jalapeño

2 T finely diced red bell pepper

1 T chopped cilantro

1 T honey

1-2 limes, squeezed

Toss all your ingredients together and you’re done.

Mango Salsa with Cucumbers

For the Fresh Island Fish

4 5oz fillets of a nice, fresh, mild white fish (I used Mahimahi)

Salt, Pepper and Olive oil

When I have a beautiful piece of fresh island fish, I like to keep it simple and healthy. A drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper is really all you need, especially when you are serving it with a super flavorful salsa like this one.

Preheat your grill to a medium heat. Spray the heck out of it with Pam. Trust me on this one, you don’t want your fish stuck all over the BBQ! Grill until it’s done. Don’t over flip and do your best to not over cook.

Mahi Mahi with Olive oil, sea salt and pepper

For the Coconut Rice

2 cups jasmine rice

2 cloves minced garlic

1 inch of peeled and minced ginger

1/4 cup diced onion

2 cups lite coconut milk

2 cups chicken or vegetable broth

2 T olive oil

Jasmine RiceHeat 2 T olive oil in a sauté pan then add the onions, ginger, garlic and rice. Saute and stir often until the rice looks lightly toasted. At this point I prefer to transfer my rice to a rice cooker. I will never be as good at cooking rice as my rice cooker is. Fact of life. You can continue in the pan though if you like.  Add your coconut milk and broth, a little salt and pepper and turn your rice cooker on.

To make your rice fancy you will need to buy one of these rice molds from your local asian market. Look in the sushi rolling section. When your rice is finished cooking, fill up your rice mold.

Rice mold

Press it

Press your rice into neat shapes

Then center it on your plate.

And voila, fancy rice.

Fancy coconut rice

Now you can add the fish.

A simple preparation with a restaurant presentation

Then the salsa. And you’re ready to eat.  A simple, clean preparation with a fancy restaurant presentation.

Grilled Mahimahi with mango salsa and jasmine rice

About Maui Flour Child

Aloha, I'm Maui Flour Child. I love cooking for my family & friends using fresh, local ingredients. Live life with aloha in your heart and flour in your hair! -Angela

Comments

  1. Amber Thibaut says:

    I love mangos and this is the perfect recipe to show them off…nutritious and delicious, doesn’t get much better!

  2. Patty Thibaut says:

    Mangos are my favorite, had one for breakfast this morning. This recipe sounds so good I am going to give it a try this weekend.
    Can’t wait for more of your beautiful photos and recipes!

  3. Rob T-Bo says:

    Good Food, Good Music, Rad Page…This site makes me very hungry. I’m gonna’ go get some Mangos and do this!

  4. You put a lot of hard work into this. I haven’t eaten anything hot in months. The site looks great. I’m really proud of you. The mango recipe is one of my favorites. For anyone reading its tastes as good at looks ( even after going through 15 minute photo shoot 🙂 xoxo Bill

  5. Susie S says:

    This sounds delicious and the pictures are beautiful. Can’t wait to read more, Angela!

  6. This looks easy enough for me to do 😉 Yet still pack an “ooh” and “aahhhh” punch. Mahalo Maui Flour Child 🙂

  7. We have a lot of mangoes at home right now – will defibitely try this one – thanks for the post!

    🙂 Liza

  8. Seeing all those mangoes makes me feel a little homesick! 🙂 I agree with you, those mangoes that have travelled around the world to the supermarket just can’t compare to a local mango. It took me about eight or nine years before I could bring myself to actually buy a mango here in California. I’ll buy them occasionally now, but I keep getting disappointed when they don’t taste like the mangoes from our tree at home in Hawaii.
    The salsa and fish look so ono! I may have to bring myself to buy some mangoes now. Great post!

  9. Cindy & Caitlin Moon says:

    Beautiful, clean, fresh, flavorful dish…..ehhhh, you had us with beautiful! Will make your salsa tonight. Can’t wait for you to work some magic with loquats and guava. We have wasted these beautiful fruits for 15 years….looking forward to your every posting.

  10. Beautiful, clean, fresh, flavorful dish…….ehhh, you had us with beautiful! We’re going to make your salsa tonight (to perk-up the left-over roasted chicken).
    We will follow every posting, Ang….so exited that you are launched.

  11. jamie phelps says:

    Ang, just another reason why you are a wonderfully amazing woman! You inspire me in so many ways!! Looking forward to seeing more!! xx

  12. Denise Cohen says:

    I love this blog. I look forward to reading it every week. I think you have a strong foundation for a wonderful, witty and easy to read cookbook.

  13. Lauren Dominguez says:

    Making this for the boyfriend’s 27th birthday!! Only recipes I am sure he will like!

  14. Lauren Dominguez says:

    Good news! Great success!

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