Blackened Mackerel

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

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

Pan Fried Yellow Perch

1 ½ cups flour
2 tablespoons paprika
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
½ cup butter
4 lake perch fillets
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


Pacific Rim Salmon

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.

Asian BBQ Halibut Steaks

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons soy sauce
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound halibut steak

Preheat grill for medium-high heat.  Place butter, brown sugar, garlic, lemon juice, soy sauce, black pepper in a small saucepan.  Warm over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is completely dissolved.
Lightly oil grill grate to prevent sticking.  Brush fish with brown sugar sauce, place on grill.  Cook for 5 minutes per side, or until fish can be easily flaked with a fork, basting with sauce.  Basting sauce can be heated to serve with the fish.  Discard what isn’t used.
Serves 2
From prep to table 30 minutes

Seared Mahi Mahi With Zesty Basil Butter

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice
1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
¼ teaspoon salt, plus additional for seasoning
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, plus additional for seasoning
1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
3 tablespoons olive oil
Four (6 to 8 oz) mahi mahi fillets

Combine butter, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and basil in a medium saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring until the butter melts.  Cover and keep warm over low heat.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Season the fish with salt and pepper, to taste.  Cook the fish for 3 minutes; then turn and cook until just opaque, about 3 to 4 minutes more.  Transfer the fillets to individual plates.
Spoon the warm basil butter over the fish and serve.
Serves 4
From prep to table 15 minutes

Shirley’s Oven Baked Dover Sole Fillets

Dover Sole Fillets (thaw if frozen)
Nabisco Ritz Crackers – crushed into very fine crumbs
Lemon Juice
Wax Paper
Fresh Grated or Shredded Parmesan Cheese
This recipe can be used for any amount of sole fillets.  Adjust the amount of butter and Nabisco Ritz Crackers crumbs to the amount of sole fillets you have.

Wash and dry the sole fillets.
Using a rolling pin or other utensil, crush the Nabisco Ritz Crackers until you have very fine crumbs.  Usually one sleeve will do one pound of sole fillets.  Put in a pie plate or other shallow dish or bowl.
Mix a dash of fresh lemon juice with the melted butter. 1 teaspoon to 1 stick of butter is a good ratio.
Ladle a tablespoon of the butter/lemon juice mixture in the bottom of a glass baking dish. Spread evenly.
Dip the Sole Fillet into the butter/lemon juice mixture.
Coat the buttered Sole Fillet with the Nabisco Ritz Cracker crumbs.
Place the coated Sole on wax paper; sprinkle 1 teaspoon of grated parmesan cheese on the fillet.  Loosely roll up the fillet.  Place the rolled fillet into the glass baking dish.
Continue until all fillets are coated and in the glass baking dish. Fillets cook best if they are not too crowded in the pan.
Add 1 tablespoon of water to the bottom of the baking dish.  Do not pour directly onto the fish.
Cover with aluminum foil.
Bake at 450 degrees until the fillets flake with a fork.  Normally 15 – 20 minutes to bake. Do not undercook.

Oven Roasted Asian Sea Bass

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon minced shallot
5 teaspoons light or regular olive oil
two 6 oz sea bass fillets

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.  Mix the lime juice, soy sauce, cilantro, ginger and 3 teaspoons of the oil in small bowl.  Season sauce with salt and pepper.
Brush 9 inch glass pie dish with remaining 2 teaspoons oil.  Arrange fish in prepared dish; turn in the oil to coat.  Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper; spoon ½ tablespoon sauce over each fillet.
Roast fish until just opaque in center, about 12 minutes.  Top fish with the remaining sauce and serve.
Serves 2.
From prep to table 30 minutes

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