Natural Grocers Pesto Crusted Mahi-Mahi Served with Blistered Tomatoes and Swiss Chard


This easy keto-friendly weeknight recipe is deliciously satisfying. The pesto crusted mahi-mahi is hearty and bursts with the aromatic flavors of garlic and basil, while the blistered tomatoes and chard add warmth, flavor, and color to this meal.

For the pesto
2 cups packed organic basil leaves
1⁄4 cup coarsely chopped Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Walnuts
2 cloves organic garlic, minced
1⁄4 cup Natural Grocers Brand Organic Parmesan Cheese Shreds
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
1⁄4 cup Natural Grocers Brand Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
For the fish
1 (2.5-ounce) package Epic pork rinds, any flavor
1⁄2 cup pesto
  salt and pepper, to taste
4 portions mahi-mahi filets, (5-6 ounces each)
1 organic lemon, cut into quarters
For the vegetables
2 bunches organic Swiss chard, stems removed
1 tablespoon Natural Grocers Brand Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 pint organic grape tomatoes
2 cloves organic garlic, minced
  salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon butter or ghee
2 tablespoons pesto
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Make the pesto: Add the basil leaves to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until well chopped. Add the walnuts, garlic, cheese, and salt and process until the mixture is uniform, scraping down the sides as necessary. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil and process until well incorporated. Set pesto aside. 
  3. Stack the chard leaves and roll them up and cut chiffonade (sliced perpendicular to the roll into thin strips). Do this in batches until all the leaves are sliced into thin strips. Set aside.
  4. Place the pork rinds in a blender and blend into a powder. Transfer to a bowl. Add the pesto to the pork rind powder and stir together until well combined. Taste and add salt and pepper if desired.
  5. Place the mahi-mahi portions on a parchment-lined baking sheet and spread the pesto mixture evenly onto each piece of fish, pressing the mixture onto the fish to form an even crust.
  6. Bake the mahi-mahi for 12-16 minutes. Fish should reach an internal temperature of 145°F. Check the temperature by inserting an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the fish; if you do not have an instant-read thermometer, cut into the thickest part and look at the texture. The fish should be opaque and break easily into flakes when you nudge it with a fork
  7. For the vegetables: While the fish bakes, heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet (cast iron or stainless steel with a lid) over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the tomatoes and let cook undisturbed for 2 minutes; the tomatoes should begin to pop and sizzle a bit (watch for flying oil and tomato juice). After 2 minutes, stir and turn the tomatoes over. Add the garlic to the skillet and leave the tomatoes and garlic alone without stirring for 1 minute, then stir until the tomatoes and garlic are well combined. Add ¼ of the chard and season lightly with salt and pepper. Cover and let sit for 1 minute, allowing the chard to wilt, uncover, stir and toss, add more chard, season lightly with salt and pepper, cover and let wilt; repeat the process every minute until all of the chard is incorporated. The total time to incorporate the chard with the tomatoes and garlic should take no more than 3-4 minutes. 
  8. Add the butter and pesto to the vegetables, stir, and carefully toss until fully incorporated. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if desired. Distribute the vegetables evenly among four serving plates, mounding onto the center of the plate, then add the mahi-mahi. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over both the fish and the vegetables and serve immediately.