Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Mahi mahi with Aleppo pepper, pesto and lime

Wild-caught mahi mahi crowned with basil pesto, both from Costco Wholesale.

Editor's note: Today, I discuss home cooking using ingredients from Costco Wholesale, and ShopRite's Super Can-Can Sale.


Wild-caught mahi mahi fillets are a welcome addition to the fresh-fish case at Costco Wholesale in Hackensack.

In recent years, shoppers who wanted wild fish could choose among haddock, cod and flounder, as well as sockeye, coho and king salmon from May to October.

The mahi mahi was a snap to prepare: 

I cut the three fillets into serving pieces and added fresh lime juice and a pinch of Aleppo pepper.

They went into a 375-degree oven. Thin pieces were done in 12 minutes, thicker ones in about 15 minutes.

Once they were out of the oven, I spooned on Kirkland Signature Basil Pesto, which I had removed from the refrigerator while the fish was cooking.

The ready to use pesto also makes a great sandwich spread or sauce for whole wheat pasta, such as the thick ribbons of Garofalo Pappardelle I enjoyed on New Year's Eve (they took 3 minutes longer than the 8-minute cooking time on the package).

A wedge of leftover smoked wild salmon frittata plated with slices of a Korean seaweed-and-rice roll, stewed tofu and a baked sweet potato from Costco Wholesale, and reheated in the microwave.

Leftover mahi mahi with Aleppo pepper, pesto and lime plated with a sweet potato.

Smoked wild salmon

The higher price isn't the only thing new about Kirkland Signature Wild Alaskan Smoked Sockeye Salmon from Costco Wholesale.

The sliced salmon is divided into two half-pound packages, as before, but now a plastic tray with a recycling symbol is used instead of glossy black cardboard.

The price jumped to $18.89 from $15.59 a month ago.

A baked sweet potato from Costco Wholesale stuffed with Jamaican ackee and salt fish, and served with two organic eggs.

The yolks are delicious eaten with the sweet potato.

At the Super Can-Can Sale in the Paramus ShopRite, 3-ounce Right Guard deodorant sticks were placed in a convenient standalone basket, but at 3 for $5 with a store card, they were more expensive than similar 3-ounce Right Guard sticks on a low shelf that were on sale for $1.49 each.

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