Florida Keys Cooking: Robbie’s Mahi Fingers

Welcome to our latest series/project – Florida Keys Cooking! We’re big foodies at Islamorada Times, and we might be biased but we happen to think that the Keys are home to some world class restaurants, the freshest produce and best tasting seafood you will find just about anywhere. It only seemed right to give the stellar food of the Florida Keys its own spotlight.

In today’s edition of Florida Keys Cooking, we recreated a famous recipe shared with us from our friends at Robbie’s of Islamorada. Robbie’s on-site eatery, Hungry Tarpon Restaurant, boasts a menu of yummy appetizers, sandwiches, Keys specialities, delicious seafood and noteworthy cocktails. During the COVID-19 shutdown, the team at Hungry Tarpon was gracious enough to share their recipe for Mahi fingers so that we could recreate them at home and get our fix in while they were temporarily closed.

We’re so happy that Robbie’s is back open! If you can, stop by and enjoy these Mahi fingers at the Hungry Tarpon. There is simply no replacement for their expertise and the views you get along with your meal there. But if you are stuck at home, or far away, and want to try this recipe yourself it definitely delivers on all the Keys flavors you’re probably missing!

Thai Mahi Fingers (Recipe courtesy of Robbie’s/Hungry Tarpon Restaurant)


  • 6 2oz. strips of mahi mahi
  • 1 c. flour
  • 3 c. panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • ½ c. milk
  • ½ c. Thai chili sauce
  • 4 c. oil
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds


  1. Season mahi mahi strips with salt and pepper. Beat egg with milk.
  2. Dust fingers with flour, dredge in egg/milk mixture, and then coat in breadcrumbs
  3. Heat in a large skillet and fry fingers until golden brown and cooked through
  4. Plate and drizzle with Thai chili sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds

Hungry Tarpon’s Thai Chili Sauce is next level! But if you’re at home you can use a store-bought Sweet Thai Chili Sauce to make this recipe easy and delicious!

See full video preparation by visiting the link below.


**If you are a chef, bartender or even a home cook or mixologist and would like to share one of your Florida Keys inspired recipes for an entree, appetizer, dessert or cocktail please email your recipe and instructions and a little story about the inspiration along with a few pictures to us at info@islamoradatimes.com for a chance to be featured.