Mahi Puttanesca is a fast and easy weeknight or weekend meal! All you need is a few key ingredients, some parchment paper to wrap them in and an oven. Voila! Dinner is ready.
If you serve this dish to guests they will think it’s super fancy but we can keep the secret that it’s really very easy! haha!
What is Puttanesca Anyway?
Puttanesca is the name of a tomato based sauce made in Italy. It has a colorful past in how it got it’s name.
One variation is that Puttanesca sauce was named after ladies of the evening and it was a quick meal they could throw together in between customers. Ladies of the evening were called Puttana. Hence Puttanesca.
Another idea behind the name was that it is a sauce containing leftovers and everything in the kitchen. AKA the whore of sauces.
I love the sauce and that you can add more or less of your favorite ingredients and customize it to your liking. So regardless of where the name came from it is still one of my favorites! You can serve the sauce over pasta, chicken or fish. It is very versatile. Mahi Puttanesca is very flavorful withouth being overly fishy tasting.
What do I need to make this fancy sauce?
This is the best part and why you are going to fall in love with this sauce! You can throw together whatever ingredients you love and have on hand. Here is what went into my Puttanesca sauce:
One Jar of Marinara Sauce- I love Rao’s.
1 jar of capers- use however many you would like.
Kalamata Olives or any olive variety 🙂
Chopped Yellow onion
Chopped Red onion
Artichoke Hearts- mine were in a jar
Tomatoes that are chopped
Salt and Pepper
And of course the Mahi Mahi.
I started out by placing 4 pieces of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Then fold the parchment paper into a rectangle and drizzle a little olive oil and put the fish on the paper.
SEE HOW I FOLDED THE PAPER HERE:
Then I put the rest of the ingredients over the fish and folded the packets to seal them.
I baked it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.
The fish was cooked perfectly and was so YUMMY!
I served it over Quinoa and with a big salad!
If you change the protein to chicken, you will need to add additional time for cooking. I would use a meat thermometer to make sure your chicken is cooked but it should take about 40 minutes.
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Here’s The Recipe 🙂
- 4 Mahi Mahi Fillets
- 1 Jar of Marinara Sauce I use Rao's
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Jar of Capers
- 1 Jar of Kalamata Olives
- 1/4 Red Onion Chopped
- 1/4 Yellow Onion Chopped
- 1 Jar of Artichoke Hearts
- 1 tsp Minced Garlic
- 1 Tomato chopped
- 1 pinch S & P
- Tear a piece of parchment paper about a foot square. Repeat 4 times.
- Fold it into a rectangle. (There is a video in the post)
- Place the papers on a sheet pan.
- Drizzle a little olive oil on the paper where you are going to put the fish.
- Place 1 piece of Mahi in each paper.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to each fish packet. You can add more or less of any of them based on your favorites!
- Fold the paper to form a packet. See the video for any questions 🙂
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes. The fish should be flaky when it's done.
- Serve with a big salad or any of your favorite sides!
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Hope you enjoy this recipe and make it often like we do!