Tortilla Crusted Mahi Mahi

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Chef Gary Baca at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab in Chicago is always looking for ways to utilize Joe’s fresh fish selections and also put a new twist on tradition, and the NEW Tortilla Crusted Mahi Mahi does just that. “If you close your eyes and take a bite, it tastes exactly like the best fish taco you ever had! How fun is that?" says Chef Baca.

Recipe By: Chef Gary Baca - Joe's Seafood
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  • Jalapeño Vinaigrette (makes 3/4 cup):
    • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons red onion
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 1 tablespoon cilantro
    • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
    • 1/4 cup + 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 medium jalapeño
    • 2 cups plum tomatoes
    • 1/2 cup red onion
    • 2 tablespoons jalapeño
    • 2 tablespoons cilantro
    • 2 tablespoons lime juice
    • 1 teaspoon salt & pepper
  • Jicama Slaw (makes 2 cups):
    • 6 ounces jicama, julienne
    • 4 ounces shredded cabbage
    • 2 ounces red & yellow peppers, julienne
    • 2 teaspoons cilantro, rough chop
    • 3 teaspoons jalapeño vinaigrette
    • 1/2 each salt and pepper
    • 1 cup Sour Cream
    • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
    • 1/2 cup Milk
    • 3/4 teaspoon Lemon Juice
    • 3/4 teaspoonLime Juice
    • 1 teaspoonOnion Powder
    • 1 teaspoon Granulated Garlic
    • 1/2 tablespoon Oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • The Fish:
    • 1- 7 ounce filet of mahi mahi
    • pinch of salt and pepper
    • jalapeño vinaigrette
    • tortilla crumbs


Use a heavy bottomed, 6-cup saucepan or your meat cooking pan with its degreased juices. Cook the onions slowly with butter and oil, or fat, for 10 to 15 minutes until they are tender and lightly browned.

Add the wine and boil it down rapidly until it has reduced to 3 to 4 tablespoons.

Add the brown sauce and simmer 10 minutes. Correct seasoning. Remove the sauce from the heat until just before serving, then continue with the recipe.

Beat the mustard mixture into the sauce. Beat in the parsley and serve

Brown Sauce

This recipe makes 1 quart of Brown Sauce. The sauce may be store in the refrigerator for several days or frozen for several weeks. The longer the sauce simmers the more flavorful it will be.

1/3 cup each: finely diced carrots, onions, and celery
3 tablespoons dice boiled ham (or diced lean bacon simmered for 10 minutes in water, rinsed and drained)
6 tablespoons clarified butter
Rendered fresh pork fat or cooking oil
4 tablespoons flour

6 cups boiling fresh brown stock or canned beef bouillon
2 tablespoons tomato paste
A medium herb bouquet: 3 parsley sprigs, 1/2 bay leaf, and 1/4 teaspoon thyme tied in cheesecloth.

Use a heavy bottomed, 2-quart saucepan. Cook the vegetables and ham or bacon slowly in the butter, fat or oil for 10 minutes.

Blend the flour into the vegetables and stir continually over moderately low heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until the flour slowly turns a golden, nut brown. (This is called a Roux)

Remove from the heat. With a wire whip, immediately blend in all the boiling liquid (stock) at once. Beat in the tomato paste. Add the herb bouquet.

Simmer the sauce slowly, partially covered, for 2 hours or more, skimming off fat and scum as necessary. Add more liquid if the sauce thickens too much. You should end up with about 4 cups of sauce, thick enough to coat a spoon lightly. (see cooking tip).

Taste and correct the seasoning. Strain the sauce, pressing the juice out of the vegetables. Degrease it thoroughly. The sauce is ready to use.

If you will not be using the sauce immediately then clean the sides of the pan. Float a film of stock over the top of the sauce to prevent a skin from forming. When the sauce is cold, cover and refrigerate or freeze.

Additional Notes

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