One of my favorite dish at Verde MAR is Fish Veracruz Mahi Mahi. Fish Veracruz is a Mexican regional dish that is popular around the coast along the Gulf of Mexico and is named after the Mexican state of “Veracruz”, which is located on the east coast where the Spanish first landed and introduced the flavor of the Old World.
Beyond the beautiful vivid colors, Fish Veracruz has a rich cultural background being one of the first fusion dish characterized by the three major influences of Indigenous, Spanish and Afro-Cuban cuisine. These influences have contributed to not only the cooking style but also the use of ingredients:
Indigenous – New world ingredients and spices such as tomatoes, chilis and onions
Spanish – Old world ingredients such as olives, capers and peppers
Afro-Cuban – Texture and sweetness influenced by Caribbean/Afro-Cuban flavors.
To prepare this dish, we have to first grill the fish and then simmer with the Veracruz sauce. Therefore we must choose a fish that has a firm texture. The tasty Mahi Mahi (Ma-he Ma-he) would be a perfect choice. Mahi Mahi, also known as dolphin fish or Dorado in Mexico, has a firm texture and lean flesh with mild flavors slightly stronger than typical white fish. It is a large fish that is commonly found along the Pacific and Atlantic Coast and can be as large as 1.5 meter!
I had actually taught how to cook Fish Veracruz on a television cooking show (TVB). You can tell how much I really like this dish!
Try it for yourself or at VerdeMAR˜