Recipes

Blackened Mackerel

Ingredients:
3 pounds boneless, skin-on mackerel fillets (about 4 fillets)
1 tablespoon blackened seasoning
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Vegetable cooking spray
2 tablespoons olive oil
Lemon wedges

Directions:
Season fish with blackened seasoning, pepper and drizzle with lemon juice.
Heat oil in a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat.  Place fillets, skin side down in the skillet, and cook 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until lightly charred.  Serve with lemon wedges.
Serves 4
From prep to table 20 minutes

Flank Steak Sandwiches

Ingredients:
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup dry red wine or beef broth
¾ cup soy sauce
½ cup olive oil, divided
4 ½ teaspoon minced garlic, divided
1 ½ teaspoon ground mustard
1 ½ teaspoon ground ginger
1 ½ to 2 pounds flank steak
1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into 1 inch strips
1 medium sweet yellow pepper, cut into 1 inch strips
1 medium red onion, thickly sliced
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
6 French rolls or other sub sandwich size rolls

Directions:
In a small bowl, combine the onion, wine, soy sauce, ¼ cup olive oil, 2 ½ teaspoon garlic, mustard and ginger.  Pour 1 ¾ cups into a large resealable plastic bag; add the steak.
Pour remaining marinade into another bag; add the peppers and onion.  Seal bags and turn to coat; refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.
Drain and discard marinade from steak. Lightly oil grill grate.  Preheat grill to medium heat.  Grill steak, covered, for 6-7 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (medium rare is 145 degrees F.)
Drain and discard marinade from the vegetables.  Place in a grill basket.  Grill, uncovered, over medium-hot heat for 9-11 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently.
In a small bowl, combine the pepper, and remaining oil and garlic; brush over cut sides of rolls.  Place, cut side down, on grill for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
Thinly slice steak across the grain; place on bun bottoms.  Top with vegetables and bun tops.  Serve immediately.
Serves 6
Prep time 25 minutes
Marinating minimum 3 hours
Grill time 25 minutes

Pan Fried Yellow Perch

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups flour
2 tablespoons paprika
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
½ cup butter
4 lake perch fillets
Directions:
Mix flour, paprika and salt together and set aside.
In a small bowl, blend the egg and the milk. Heat butter in a large frying pan. Dip perch fillets in egg wash first and then into the flour mixture.
Carefully place them into the hot butter in the frying pan and brown on both sides until fish flakes with a fork (until done).
Remove from the butter and drain on a paper towel to absorb excess butter. Serve immediately.
Serves 2

 

Butterflying a Whole Chicken (Spatchcock)

A whole chicken grills so much quicker and the meat cooks evenly if it is butterflied and lies flat on the grill.  Following are instructions on how to do this.  Or you can have one of Mert’s meat cutters butterfly it before you leave the store.

Step 1: Remove neck and giblets from the cavity of the whole chicken.

Step 2: Place the chicken on a cutting board breast-side-down.  Working from the cavity opening up to the neck, cut down each side of the back bone with a pair of kitchen shears. Discard the backbone.  Grab the chicken with one breast in each hand and open it like a book, exposing the cavity of the bird. The breast bones should crack a bit – that’s totally normal.

Step 3: Running from the middle of the bird down between the two legs is a soft bone – this is the breast bone.  It’s a triangular shape that is firm towards the middle of the bird and becomes softer cartilage as it tapers down between the legs.  To remove it, use a paring knife to cut down either side of it.

Step 4: Once you’ve cut it free, use your fingers to simply pull out the breast bone.  Discard the bone.

Pacific Rim Salmon

Ingredients:
½ cup unsweetened pineapple juice (or orange-pineapple juice or orange juice)
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
5 teaspoons sesame oil, divided
2 teaspoons honey
½ teaspoons ground black pepper
8 salmon fillets (6 to 8 oz each)
5 green onions, coarsely chopped

Directions:
In a small bowl, combine the pineapple juice (or alternative juice), soy sauce, horseradish, parsley, 3 teaspoons of the sesame oil, honey and ground black pepper. Pour 2/3 cup marinade into a large resealable plastic bag; add salmon and green onions.  Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 1 to 1 ½ hours, turning occasionally.  Add remaining sesame oil to remaining marinade.  Cover and refrigerate for basting.
Drain fish and discard marinade.  Preheat grill to medium high heat.  Lightly oil the grill rack to prevent sticking.  Grill salmon, skin side down, covered, over medium heat for 8 to 12 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork, basting frequently with reserved marinade.
Serves 8
Prep 15 minutes
Marinade 1 to 1 ½ hours
Grill 15 minutes

 

Simple Grilled Tuna Steak

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or ½ teaspoon dried thyme
4 tuna steaks (6-8 oz each)
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:
In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the lemon juice, oil, garlic and thyme.  Add the tuna; seal bag and turn to coat.  Refrigerate for up to 30 minutes, turning occasionally.
Remove tuna from bag; sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Drain and discard marinade.
Lightly oil grill great with cooking oil to prevent sticking.
Preheat grill to medium high heat.
Grill tuna, covered, for 3 to 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare or until slightly pink in the center.
Serves 4
From prep to table 1 hour

Citrus Salmon en Papillote

Ingredients:
6 orange slices
6 lime slices
6 salmon fillets (4-6 oz each)
1 lb fresh asparagus, trimmed & halved
Olive oil-flavored cooking spray
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
3 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions:
Oven Method:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Cut parchment paper or heavy-duty foil into six 15×10 inch pieces; arrange three orange and three lime slices on one side of each sheet. Top with fish and asparagus. Spritz with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and parsley. Drizzle with lemon juice.
Fold parchment paper around fish and crimp the edges to seal; place on baking sheets. Bake until fish flakes easily with a fork, usually 12-15 minutes. Open packets carefully to allow steam to escape.
Grill Method:
Preheat grill to medium-high heat – lightly oil grill grate to prevent sticking. Cut heavy-duty foil into six 15×10 inch pieces; arrange three orange and three lime slices on one side of each sheet. Top with fish and asparagus. Spritz with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and parsley. Drizzle with lemon juice.
Fold foil around fish and crimp the edges to seal. Place on grill grate and cook until fish flakes easily with a fork, usually 12-15 minutes. Open packets carefully to allow steam to escape.

Serves 6
From prep to table 40 minutes

Grilled Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients:
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
4 ½ teaspoons firmly packed brown sugar
¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ cup finely chopped fresh rosemary
5 garlic cloves, chopped
1 package (of two) boneless pork tenderloins – about 2.5 pounds
Salt to taste

Directions:
Remove silver skin and excess fat from the tenderloins.
To make the balsamic-rosemary marinade, in a food processor, combine the vinegar, olive oil, soy sauce, brown sugar and pepper and pulse until blended.  With the motor running, drop the rosemary and garlic through the feed tube and continue to process until fairly smooth.
Place the tenderloins in a glass baking dish and pour the marinade over them.  Cover and let stand at room temperature, turning occasionally, for up to 2 hours.
Preheat grill for medium-high heat.  Remove the tenderloins from the marinade, reserving the marinade.
Grill the meat over direct heat.  Turn the meat every 4 to 5 minutes and baste with the marinade for up to 5 minutes before the meat is done until cooked to your liking, about 20 minutes total for medium (slightly pink at the center and juicy) (140 degrees internal temperature).
Transfer the tenderloins to a carving board, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 5 minutes.  Carve into slices across the grain and at an angle to the cutting board.  Season with salt.  Serve the tenderloins hot, warm or at room temperature.
Serves 4 to 6

Grilled Fish Pointers

CRISSCROSS  If you are grilling a fillet with the skin on (common for salmon, bass and snapper), make shallow crisscross slices – about 1/8 inch deep – into the skin with a sharp knife.  This will prevent the fillet from curling as it cooks.

SKIN SIDE DOWN Always grill a fillet with the skin side down first to ensure the skin is well browned and crispy before the fillet is fully cooked.  To prevent sticking, clean and grease the grate before heating and brush the fillet with oil.

FLAKE TEST Follow recipe timings. Check doneness at the minimum cooking time by inserting a fork into the fish and gently twisting. (Typically, for each inch of thickness, a fillet requires about 10 minutes of cooking time over medium-high heat.) Properly cooked fish is opaque with a flaky texture; overcooked fish will be tough outside with dry, mealy flesh.

Simple Grilled Steak Fajitas

Ingredients:
1 lb top sirloin steak or flat iron steak
2 tablespoon fajita seasoning mix
1 large sweet onion, cut crosswise into ½ inch slices
1 medium sweet red bell pepper, halved
1 medium green bell pepper, halved
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 tortillas (8 inch), warmed
Optional items:
Sliced avocado
Chopped fresh cilantro
Lime wedges

Directions:
Rub steak with seasoning mix.  Brush onion and peppers with the oil.  Allow steak to come to room temperature.
Preheat grill to medium high heat.
Grill steak and vegetables, covered, for 4-6 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness, and vegetables are tender.  Sirloin steak does not like to be well done – grill to 145 degrees F for best results.  Flat Iron steak can be grilled to complete doneness if desired.
Remove from grill.  Let steak stand, covered, 5 minutes before slicing.
Cut vegetables and steak into strips; serve in tortillas.  If desired, top with avocado and cilantro and serve with lime wedge.
Serves 4
From prep to table 30 minutes

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