Grilling fish might sound a little intimidating. Won't it just flake and fall in between the grill cracks? I was a little worried as well, but this recipe uses Mahimahi. It's meatier, so its less prone to flaking, and the whole piece of fish does in fact return to your plate. A few good tricks to remember with grilling any type of fish is to: 1. DON'T TOUCH IT just let it cook and do its thang. If you do, it will fall apart and you'll probably end up ordering pizza. 2. Make sure the grill is cleaned, hot, and sprayed with nonstick cooking spray before placing your fish down. If you follow these two steps I guarantee you'll have perfectly grilled fish.
Mahimahi with Bacon Tomato Butter
Adapted from Cooking Light, The New Way to Cook Light
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon fine ground sea salt
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 4 (6 oz.) mahimahi filets
- cooking spray
- 1/8 teaspoon table salt
- 1 center-cut bacon slice, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon hot, smoked paprika
- 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Combine first 3 ingredients in a shallow dish. Make sure sugar and salt dissolve. Add fish and let sit for 20 minutes. Drain and pat dry. (This step called "brining" pulls moisture from the fish and creates a more delicate texture).
- Heat grill to high heat. Sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon of table salt over fish. Lightly coat fish with cooking spray. Coat grill with cooking spray.
- Place fish skin side down onto grill. Grill 2 minutes or until well marked. Flip fish and place on indirect heat. Grill 12 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
- To make the bacon tomato butter heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add bacon to pan. Cook for 5 minutes until bacon is crisp, stirring occasionally.
- Add garlic, cook 2 minutes and stir frequently so the garlic doesn't get burned.
- Add paprika and cook 20 seconds, stirring constantly. It will "speak" to you and tell you its ready with its strong aroma.
- Add tomatoes and cook 3 minutes. Stir in butter. Remove from heat.
- Place sauce over fish and serve!
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