Meat-Free Friday: Mahi Mahi with Sauteed Cherries in an Oolong Broth

mahi mahi in oolong broth

Yesterday turned out to be a very tea-filled day (which is never a bad thing!). I met up with Rebecca from Rosey Rebecca in the afternoon for my first Teavana experience. I got the iced pear luna and it was amazing, not bitter at all like iced tea can be sometimes (although it could have used more ice)! I’ll definitely be going back there.

Then I came home and made this delicious grilled mahi mahi with sauteed cherries in oolong broth for dinner. Cherries are one of my all-time favorite fruits, but I’ve never used them in a savory dish before. When I saw a recipe that called for combining them with fish and a tea broth, I knew I would have to try it! Definitely a winner, and much less complicated to make than I thought it would be – it only took me about a half hour total, so this is easily a weeknight meal.

The broth was one of my favorite parts of this dish – it was very delicate but full of flavor. I made some rice because I wasn’t sure how filling the dish would be… totally unnecessary, but it was great for using some of the extra broth! Oolong tea was surprisingly difficult to find, but I did manage to score some locally at the co-op. If you can’t find it, i think Earl grey would work too. The cherries were awesome combined with basil and sesame oil and the asparagus were some of the smallest and most tender that I have ever had. I’ll definitely be making this one again.

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Mahi Mahi with Sauteed Cherries in Oolong Broth
Adapted from a dish by Paul Parker of Chez Sophie

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Oolong tea bags (or approx 2 tsp loose tea)
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • a few good sized sliced of ginger
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce
  • 1/8 cup fish sauce
  • 2 6-oz mahi mahi filets
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3/4 pound sweet cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1 large handful fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 lb asparagus, trimmed and blanched

Bring water to a boil. remove from heat and add tea bags. Set aside and let steep for 5 minutes. Combine next 5 ingredients (through jalapeno) in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and let reduce by about half. Stir in the tea and keep warm.

Season fish with salt and pepper, and grill to desired doneness (I recommend serving mahi mahi medium-well). Meanwhile, add cherries, basil, and sesame oil to a small sautee pan. Cook over medium-high heat until cherries release some of their juices and basil has wilted.

Add soy and fish sauces to the oolong broth.

To serve, arange half o the asparagus in each of two dishes. Set grilled fish on top and spoon the broth over it all. Top with the sauteed cherries.

Serves 2.


  1. fabulous its amazing how you come up with these recipes

  2. I love Mahi Mahi.
    I think early Grey might be to fragrant for the broth- but you are the pro… i might say a green tea because oolong tastes kind of like green tea slash black tea to me… i could be wrong though.
    Your plating always has the most gorgeous color contrasts! I think you missed you calling as a food stylist/chef.
    then again, its never too late

  3. Mo- I was thinking about using green if I couldn’t find oolong, but I think that the other flavors would overpower it. Earl Grey would give the dish a little bit of a different flavor, but I think the floral tones would go really well with the cherries. A mild black tea might also work (something more along the lines of plain ole Lipton or orange pekoe)

  4. This is a gorgeous dish and very nice recipe. I think an orange pekoe tea would work with this as well.

  5. YAY I had fun yesterday and mwahahaha I knew you were making this for dinner before you posted about it!! Haha It looks delicious!! We’ll have to meet up again soon!

  6. Mahi mahi, cherries and oolong together? That sounds wonderful!!! I wish I could have sampled it ; )

  7. how cool is this and the oolong broth is something i’ve always wanted to try. looks delish!

    :) Diana

  8. What a crazy combo…but it sure looks & sounds like it works!! (I love cherries, too…) Delicious :)

  9. What an outstanding fish dish!! So different & apart!

  10. This is so gorgeous! I love the whole idea of using tea for a broth. It’s so out of the ordinary. I bet it was just delicious with the fresh cherries.

  11. holy cow, the title alone left me breathless! Sauteed cherries with OOLONG broth! Oh my god, what a culinary genius you are!

  12. cherries and fish – together at last!!!

  13. I love Teavana–their teas are really good. This looks delcious, I am a big fan of cooking with teas and I love the combination of flavors.

  14. Wuyi Oolong Tea says:

    Wow I haven’t seen too many recipies using Oolong Tea. Oolong tea is famous for it’s apparent weight loss properties so I wonder if this dish could be marketed as a weight loss dish ? haha

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