Pan-Fried Mahi Mahi with Star Fruit and Red Currant Salsa

This week-end I sent my daughter to the grocery store to get me a few things. Not only did she come with the right ingredients;-), but she also brought some exotic fruits. She bought some star fruits as well as a pomegranate. I knew she loved pomegranate because she always begs me to get her some when they are in store, but I was so surprised that she took it on herself to buy star fruits. When i saw them, she said: “Look Mom, what I bought for you….” How sweet was that?!?! Of course i replied that she was so sweet and that we could do a mango or a lime cheesecake and that we could use those fancy star fruits as decoration;-)

Well two days ago, I found more star fruits in my fridge except that I still had not used the one that were already there so i asked her why she had bought more.. her reply was: “You were so happy to want to use them, and I really wanted to find out how they tasted that I bought some for me”.

Curious to find out that she knew how to eat them, I asked her if she even knew how to eat them ( because I sure do not… I have used them many times as decorations, but I never actually ate one..). She replied that she knew. Whoah, I would have fallen off my chair, had I been seating I was so surprised. She later confessed that she had looked it up on the internet and proceeded to explain to tell me what was the best way to eat them.

It seems that you need to trim the corners of all pointy sides. Then when you slice the fruit, you need to remove the seeds because they are a bit hard like those in certain grapes. That’s that easy. Well because of her, I ended up eating one and they tasted pretty good, a bit watery to my taste but I am glad I tasted one.

I am a very proud mom, and I know that my daughter is a jewel, but at that instant she made me so so proud. It was as if I was seeing a mini-me. She is paying attention in the grocery store, and just like me, she is curious and wants to know what new food tastes like. That’s definitely my baby girl;-)

Well, I got so busy this week-end that I never actually had time to fix that lime cheesecake and I did not have time to use those star fruits.  Of course, they were starting to get brown spots which meant they had to be used pretty quickly. I had bought two beautiful pieces of Mahi Mahi, and thought that it would be fun to use that star fruit as salsa to accommodate that fish. So here it is:

Ingredients for 2: 2 large piece of Mahi, 2 lime juice, and zest, 2 tbsp of honey, 2 scallions chopped thinly, 2 star fruits, 1/2 cup of red currants, 1 tbsp of sherry wine, 1 tbsp of fresh basil chopped.

In a small bowl, mix the zest, the juice of one lime, 1 tbsp of honey and mix well. Pour the mixture over the fish filet and let the fish marinade for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Turn the oven to 400. After the fish has marinated, melt 1 tsp of butter in a small frying pan and sizzle the fish on all sides. Place the fish in the large round mold, sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper on both filet. Cover the mold with the octogonal silpat and cook the fish in the oven for 10 minutes. The fish will be cooked as if “poached”.

While the fish is cooking, prepare the salsa.

Chop 2 star fruits. Add the currants, the lime and zest of 1 lime, the chopped scallions, 1 tbsp of honey, 1 tbsp of sherry wine and mix well.

I serve the fish over some couscous.

Couscous: 1 cup of couscous, 1/4 cup of almond sliced, 1 cup of water, 1/4 tsp of salt, 1 tbsp of butter.

Fill 1 cup of water in a container and microwave for 2 minutes or until the water is boiling ( you may also boil the water over the stove into a little saucepan). Place 1 cup of couscous into a bowl and pour the water over the couscous, the almond, the salt and the butter. Mix to fluff up the couscous.

To serve, place 1/2 of couscous on the plate. Place the filet on the couscous, and place the salsa over the fish. Eat!!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!