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Pan-seared mahi mahi with spinach and mushroom orzo

Points® value
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
30 min
40 min
Streamline this dish by making the orzo in advance - just reheat when ready to use.


All-purpose flour

2 tbsp(s)

Kosher salt

1¼ tsp(s), Divided

Black pepper

tsp(s), Divided

Uncooked Mahi mahi fillet

1½ pound(s), Four 6 oz fillets

Chicken broth

2 cup(s)

Uncooked orzo

1 cup(s)

Extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp(s)


1 large, Minced

Cremini mushrooms

8 oz, Sliced

Baby spinach

4 cup(s)

Grape tomatoes

1 cup(s), Halved

Garlic clove

1 clove(s), large, Minced

Lemon zest

¼ tsp(s), Finely grated

Cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Fresh basil

1 cup(s), Young leaves (plus extra for garnish)

Fresh parsley

½ cup(s)

Minced garlic


Fresh lemon juice

1 tsp(s)


3 tbsp(s), Warm

Kosher salt


Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

4 tbsp(s)


  1. Combine flour, 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper in a shallow dish. Dredge fish in flour mixture; let fish rest in dish.
  2. To make orzo, combine broth and orzo in a medium saucepan; set over high heat. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently, until al dente, 10-11 minutes. Drain; place in a bowl and cover to keep warm.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallot, mushrooms, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper; cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms begin to brown, 7-10 minutes. Stir in spinach, tomatoes and garlic; cook, stirring, until spinach wilts, 1-3 minutes.
  4. Add mushroom mixture and lemon zest to orzo; remove to a serving dish and cover to keep warm.
  5. Wipe out skillet; coat with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add fish to skillet; cook, flipping once, until browned and cooked through to 145°F degrees, about 7-8 minutes per side.
  6. Meanwhile, to make herb sauce, puree 1 c basil , 1/2 c parsley, 1/8 tsp minced garlic, 1 tsp lemon juice, 3 Tbsp water and 1/8 tsp salt in a blender or small processor.
  7. Serve fish drizzled with herb sauce, and orzo garnished with cheese and basil.
  8. Serving size: 1 mahi mahi steak, 1 ½ Tbsp herb sauce and 1 c orzo mixture