Blackened Mahi Mahi Caesar SaladTo grate the Parmesan cheese for this Caesar salad, I use a Microplane zester.  It makes the cheese so light and fluffy it’s like a small mound of delicious snow!  It’s so fine that it almost melts into the dressing.  Delish!

Blackened Mahi Mahi Caesar Salad
Yield:  2 salads
Time:  35 minutes total

1½ tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp dried thyme
1½ tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp ground cayenne pepper (more or less, to your taste)
1 tsp dried oregano
¾ tsp ground cumin
2 filets mahi mahi (or 4 narrow filets)
1½ heads romaine lettuce (or other salad greens), chopped or torn into bite-sized pieces
2 tbsp lemon juice
Caesar dressing
¾ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
croutons (optional)

1.  Preheat a non-stick skillet sprayed with cooking spray over medium-high heat.

2.  Combine all of the seasonings (first nine ingredients) in a small bowl.  Mix well.

3.  Pat the mahi mahi dry with a paper towel, then sprinkle the top liberally with the seasoning mixture.

4.  Place the mahi mahi seasoned-side down into the hot skillet to sear it.  Cook for about 5 minutes.  Season the top surface of the fish, then flip to sear the other side.  Cook over medium-high heat for another 5-7 minutes until cooked through.

5.  Place the lettuce in a mixing bowl.  Drizzle with lemon juice and Caesar dressing.  Toss to coat evenly.  Sprinkle with Parmesan and add the croutons.  Toss and arrange a mound of salad on each serving plate.  Place the blackened mahi mahi over the bed of Caesar salad.  Enjoy!

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