Hebi is a species of Marlin that has a unique flavor described as nutty, citrus, and chicken-like, with an amber colored flesh that is softer and more delicate than most other bill fish species which cooks up white. It has a mild flavor and is often grilled, although it can be cooked in a variety of ways.
2 large unripe, firm mangos, peeled, pitted
¼ cup lime juice
½ cup cold water
1 teaspoon cracked black peppercorns
2 teaspoons coarse salt
2 garlic cloves
4 (6 to 8 oz) hebi steaks
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 large unripe, firm mango, peeled, pitted, cut into ½ inch slices
Italian flat parsley for garnish (optional)
Marinade: blend the mango, lime, water, black pepper, salt and garlic – puree on high speed for about 30 seconds.
Place the hebi in a large resealable storage bag. Pour 1 cup marinade into the bag, close and turn to coat, refrigerate for up to 1 hour. Reserve remaining ¾ cup marinade.
Grilling: preheat the grill to high heat. Remove the hebi from the marinade and pat dry. Brush a tablespoon of olive oil on the hebi steaks and place on the hottest part of the grill. After 2 minutes, turn the fish over. Allow 3 to 4 minutes of grilling time on the second side, then move the steaks to a lower heat on the side of the grill. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes longer until cooked through.
Brush the remaining tablespoon of olive oil on the mango slices and grill for 1 to 2 minutes over high heat on each side until lightly glazed and remove.
Serve with reserved marinade drizzled on cooked hebi and then top with grilled mango slices and garnish with fresh parsley (optional).
From prep to table 1 hour 20 minutes