Parmesan Herb Baked Mahi Mahi: The Most Flavorful Tasting Fish

Recipe for cooking mahi mahi in the oven

When you’re in the mood for something a little wilder than just a piece of fish, this baked Mahi Mahi of Parmesan herbs is the recipe you need. With this baked Mahi Mahi recipe with Parmesan herbs, you can take your fish set to new heights!

This baked Mahi Mahi with Parmesan herbs is the perfect recipe to try if you’re not the biggest fish fan. Mahi Mahi is a soft white fish and bakes very quickly. It only takes 30 minutes using a few simple ingredients and you can invite your family to a delicious and healthy meal.

Mahi mahi baked on a plate with green beans and lemons

Baked Mahi Mahi Mahi Parmesan herb


Mahi is one of our favorite types of baking fish because it has such a nice texture and flavor profile. It’s light and easy, plus it’s high in protein, making it a great option for those looking to cut back on red meat.

You can find Mahi

Mahi in most grocery stores, or you can use any type of white-fleshed fish instead. You can serve this meal with rice pilaf, a baked potato, some roasted vegetables or green beans for a full meal that will leave you satisfied.

If you’re looking for more fish recipes, try our baked cod in cream sauce, grilled lime halibut and cilantro, grilled mahi mahi tacos, and fish and chips.

In addition to

having a delicious taste, fish has multiple health benefits. It’s packed with nutrients (omega-3, vitamin D, protein), could reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, depression, autoimmune diseases (diabetes), and even asthma. It can also improve vision and sleep!

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Sometimes fish can be difficult to include in your diet because it can taste, well… suspicious. Recipes like this baked Mahi Mahi with Parmesan grass are great for facilitating fish because you get perfectly tender, flaky, and tasty fish without the strong fishy flavor. My husband, who has a bit of an aversion to fish, loves this and has actually ordered this dish more than once (which is a big deal).

Close-up of mahi mahi on a fork

What does

Mahi Mahi taste like? Mahi

Mahi has a moderately mild flavor, just like cod or grouper. It is a white-fleshed saltwater fish caught in the wild, so it does not have much “fishy” taste. Mahi Mahi has a better taste and texture than tilapia (in my honest opinion) and is meatier. It is a little firmer and a little sweeter than other fish caught in the ocean. It peels easily and takes very well different flavor profiles. Mahi Mahi is the perfect fish for this recipe. It takes on the slightly acidic flavor of the marinade as it is baked and shelled into perfect, savory bites.



This recipe doesn’t have many ingredients, but the ingredients used make all the difference! Here are some of the key ingredients used


  • Good Seasons Zesty Italian Seasoning: What we love about this Italian seasoning is that it is easy and tasty. It really complements the fish and gives it a bright taste.
  • Mayonnaise – We like to use mayonnaise instead of butter because of the taste. It infuses the fish while making it tender and juicy.
  • Parmesan cheese – In Italy, adding cheese to seafood is a cardinal sin. BUT this isn’t really meant to be an Italian recipe (despite using “Italian seasoning”). Don’t worry, Parmesan doesn’t dominate fish. If you are really worried or if you are an Italian who feels offended by this recipe, you can leave it out.
  • Breadcrumbs – Breadcrumbs are the secret to getting that nice, crispy layer. You can use regular breadcrumbs or panko. I prefer the texture of panko, but you can use whatever you have on hand.
  • Lemon – I don’t know about you, but I MUST have lemon served with my fish. Whether it’s some lemon butter or a slice of lemon to squeeze over the top before eating, I just need that snug.
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Mahi Mahi Marinade

For this recipe we keep the marinade simple with just a little olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning and a little salt and black pepper, to taste. If you want to add a little more zest to your fish, you can add a few tablespoons of lemon juice or lemon zest. Feel free to also add lemon pepper, dill, paprika, parsley, tarragon or any other herb or spice you like.

What goes well with baked Mahi Mahi steaks?

For a top-notch Mahi Mahi meal, serve this dish with some seasoned rice, like our Easy Stovetop Rice Pilaf with Orzo and some roasted vegetables, like our oven-roasted asparagus. You can also serve baked fish and potatoes or keep it light with a tasty salad, like our Copycat Cafe Zupa’s Nuts About Berries salad.

Tips for this recipe

  • I usually find beautiful mahi mahi steaks at a decent price at Costco. I like to get their individually packaged frozen fillets. But if you don’t have any on hand, you can use cod, tilapia, halibut or any type of fish.
  • The only ingredient you may not have on hand for this is the Italian seasoning mix. If you don’t have it available, don’t worry about taking a special trip to the store just to get something. We’ve got you covered. We have a homemade version in our Zesty Italian Shredded Chicken recipe.
Mahi mahi baked on a plate



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