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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Recipe: Pan Seared Mahi-Mahi over Coconut Rice



Daphne García Lebrón shared with us her delicious tasting culinary masterpieces. This recipe is for her special Pan Seared Mahi-Mahi over Coconut Rice topped with mango, black bean salsa.

Read her story as the head chef at The Brownwood Hotel & Spa in The Villages while you enjoy! Bon appétit!

Pan Seared Mahi – Mahi


  • 6oz Mahi-Mahi fillets (one per person)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil as needed.


  • Pat the mahi-mahi dry with paper towels. Season all over with salt and pepper.
  • In a medium nonstick pan over medium-high heat, add olive oil and heat for 3-5 minutes until just starting to smoke. Add the mahi-mahi and sear undisturbed for about 4 minutes until bottoms are well-browned and sides are cooked about halfway up the fillets. Flip the fillets and continue to sear, about 2 to 4 minutes more depending on the thickness of the fillets, until just cooked through and the flesh flakes easily.

Coconut Rice Recipe

Serves 8 people


  • 2 cups of Jazmine rice 
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 ½ cups of water
  • 1 cup of toasted coconut flakes
  • ½ cup of chopped scallions


  • Rinse Jazmine Rice.
  • Heat coconut milk and water in a medium nonstick saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring to a boil and season top with salt and pepper. Add rice and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 15-20 minutes until liquid has been absorbed.
  • Remove from heat, leaving it covered so it can rest for about 15 minutes. 
  • Uncover, fluff with a fork, then add some of the toasted coconut and chopped scallions on top and use some to garnish the plate.

Mango-Black Bean Salsa

Serves: 6 people


  • ½ cup mango, diced
  • ½ cup black beans
  • ½ cup red and green peppers diced
  • ½ cup diced red onions
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 Lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir together. Add salt and pepper to taste. Ready to serve.

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