Mahi-mahi Kebabs

Serves 2.

Note: Double-prong metal skewers will prevent the food from slipping all around on the kebabs. Alternatively, use two bamboo skewers that have been soaked in water at least 20 minutes. This recipe is also terrific with 1/2-inch-wide strips of salmon fillet; skip the tomatoes and thread the fish strips onto the skewers. From JeanMarie Brownson.

• 12 oz. mahi-mahi, ahi tuna or swordfish steaks, each 1-in. thick

• 12 or 16 large cherry tomatoes

• Half-recipe Spicy Fish Marinade (see recipe)

• Olive oil

• Chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

Cut fish into 1-inch cubes. Alternately thread fish and tomatoes onto 4 double-prong metal skewers. Place skewers on a plate. Coat fish and tomatoes on all sides with marinade. Let stand at room temperature 20 minutes, or refrigerate up to 1 hour.

Meanwhile, prepare a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill to medium hot.

Spray or drizzle kebabs with oil. Place kebabs on grill directly over heat source. Cover grill and cook 2 minutes. Turn kebabs. Continue grilling until golden and fish is nearly firm when pressed, usually 2 minutes more. Serve hot, sprinkled with fresh cilantro.

Nutrition information per serving:

Calories 250 Fat 6 g Sodium 227 mg

Carbohydrates 4 g Saturated fat 1 g Total sugars 3 g

Protein 41 g Chol 160 mg Dietary fiber 1 g

 

Spicy Fish Marinade

Makes: about 3/4 cup.

Note: From JeanMarie Brownson.

• 1/2 c. plain, nonfat Greek yogurt

• 1 tbsp. olive oil

• 1/2 small white onion, finely grated

• 2 garlic cloves, crushed

• 1 tsp. sweet paprika

• 1/2 tsp. salt

• 1/2 tsp. turmeric

• 1/2 tsp. ground cumin

• 1/4 tsp. cayenne

Directions

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Use to coat raw fish fillets or skewered cubed fish steaks destined for the grill. Let fish rest with the marinade for 20 minutes before grilling.

Nutrition information per serving of 1 tablespoon:

Calories 19 Fat 1 g Sodium 101 mg

Carbohydrates 1 g Saturated fat 0 g Total sugars 0 g

Protein 1 g Cholesterol 0 mg Dietary fiber 0 g

 

 

All-Purpose Seafood Rub

Makes: about 1/4 cup.

Note: From JeanMarie Brownson.

• 1/2 tsp. fennel seeds

• 2 tbsp. salt

• 2 tsp. sweet paprika

• 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

• 1 tsp. dried basil

• 1/4 tsp. dried thyme

• 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

• 1/8 tsp. sugar

Directions

Crush fennel seeds in a mortar with a pestle (or on a wooden cutting board with the bottom of a meat mallet or rolling pin). Transfer to a jar with a tightfitting lid. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and shake well. Store in cool, dark place for up to 1 grilling season.

Nutrition information per serving of 1 tablespoon:

Calories 7 Fat 0 g Sodium 3,490 mg

Carbohydrates 1 g Saturated fat 0 g Total sugars 0 g

Protein 0 g Cholesterol 0 mg Dietary fiber 1 g

 

 

Herb-Grilled Mediterranen Sea Bass

Serves 4.

Note: Leftovers make a great addition to salads; simply remove the skin and bones and pull the fillets into coarse shreds. Add soaked wood chips to the heated grill for added flavor. From JeanMarie Brownson.

• 2 whole Mediterranean sea bass (about 1 lb. each) or 4 whole brook trout (about 1/2 lb. each), scaled, eviscerated

• Salt, freshly ground pepper

• Fresh herb sprigs, such as tarragon, parsley, thyme, rosemary

• Olive oil

• Lemon, Ginger and Chive Finishing Sauce (see recipe)

Directions

Rinse fish; pat dry. Season inside and out with salt and pepper. Fill the cavities with the fresh herbs. Let stand at room temperature about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill to medium hot.

Spray or drizzle fish with oil. Place fish on grill rack directly over the coals. Cover the grill and cook 6 minutes. Carefully flip fish. Cover grill and continue cooking until fish almost flakes near the head, usually 4 to 6 more minutes.

Transfer to a serving platter, and spoon some of the finishing sauce over the fish. Serve hot.

Nutrition information per serving:

Calories 250 Fat 7 g Sodium 162 mg

Carbohydrates 0 g Saturated fat 2 g Total sugars 0 g

Protein 44 g Cholesterol 99 mg Dietary fiber 0 g

 

Lemon, Ginger and Chive Finishing Sauce

Makes: 3/4 cup.

Note: Drizzle this sauce over grilled salmon fillets, whole grilled fish and quickly grilled calamari steaks. From JeanMarie Brownson.

• 5 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

• 3 tbsp. fresh lemon or lime juice (from 2 small lemons)

• 2 garlic cloves, crushed

• 1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger or refrigerated ginger purée

• 1/2 tsp. salt

• 2 tbsp. chopped fresh chives

• 2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro or parsley

Directions

Mix oil, juice, garlic, ginger and salt in a small bowl. Stir in chives and cilantro (or parsley) just before using.

Nutrition information per serving of 1 tablespoon:

Calories 52 Fat 6 g Sodium 97 mg

Carbohydrates 1 g Saturated fat 1 g Total sugars 0 g

Protein 0 g Cholesterol 0 mg Dietary fiber 0 g

 

 

Dried Chili, Oil and Garlic Mopping Sauce

Makes: generous 1/2 cup.

Note: Use whichever dried chilies you can easily obtain — ancho are sweeter, while guajillo will be slightly spicier. If you have it, add a teaspoon or so of very finely cut dried chipotle chile for a nice kick. Use smoked paprika if you like smoke flavor. This is delicious served over grilled shrimp, mackerel or cod. From JeanMarie Brownson.

• 2 dried ancho chilies or 4 dried guajillo chilies, stemmed, seeded

• 1/4 c. finely chopped fresh garlic (10 to 12 cloves)

• 1/3 c. extra-virgin olive oil

• 4 to 6 fresh sage leaves, slivered, about 1 tbsp. (or 1/2 tsp. dried sage)

• 1/4 tsp. salt

• 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika, optional

• 2 tbsp. freshly chopped cilantro

Directions

Use sharp kitchen shears to cut dried chiles into very fine strips. You’ll have about 1/2 cup.

Put chiles, garlic and oil into a small saucepan. Heat over low, watching closely, until garlic just starts to turn golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in sage, salt and paprika if using. Cool to room temperature. Use at room temperature. Stir in cilantro just before using.

Nutrition information per serving of 1 tablespoon:

Calories 91 Fat 9 g Sodium 75 mg

Carbohydrates 2 g Saturated fat 1 g Total sugars 0 g

Protein 0 g Cholesterol 0 mg Dietary fiber 1 g