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Before I try to sell you on how delicious this fish is, I’ll just tell you what Brian said today after he took a few bites of it. Now mind you, he’s really not a big fan of fish, unless it’s walleye beer battered and fried. So the fact that he loved it so much says a lot about how good it was.

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“This is probably the best fish I’ve ever had. It’s way better than walleye.”

“This may be the best thing I’ve ever made on the grill”. He’s made plenty of yummy things on the grill before, but this is definitely his best grilled fish ever. And what’s even more impressive is that it was his first time grilling fish directly on a grill.

“If I would’ve won the powerball, I could make these and eat it 2-3 times a day!”

Yep, it was that good. I thought it was delicious as well. I’m a big fan of white, flaky fish (sea bass, cod) as opposed to denser meatier fish (salmon, mahi mahi). Though I’ve only had a handful of very memorable experiences with fish entrees the past few years, this definitely tops the charts. I can probably eat this three times a week and totally be happy with it.

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caribbean citrus marinated grilled sea bass
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Ingredients
  1. 2 6-7 oz fresh sea bass
  2. EVOO
  3. Salt
For the marinade
  1. 2 teaspoons orange zest
  2. 1/2 cup orange juice
  3. 1 teaspoon lime zest
  4. 1/4 lime juice
  5. 1/4 EVOO
  6. 1/4 chile and garlic powder
  7. 1 and 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  8. 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  9. 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno pepper
  10. 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  11. 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  12. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine all the marinade ingredients. Place the fish fillets into the bowl, making sure all sides of the fish are coated with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours, turning the fish over halfway through to make sure all surfaces are evenly marinated.
  2. Prepare your grill for direct cooking over high heat.
  3. Remove the fish from the bowl, brush with EVOO and sprinkle with salt.
  4. Grill the fillets, skin side up over direct high heat for 8-10 minutes, turning once after 6-7 minutes or when they're easily released from the cooking grate.
  5. Serves 2
Notes
  1. Cooking time may be based on how thick your fish fillets are. Eight to 10 minutes is for fillets that are about 1" thick.
Adapted from Weber's Way To Grill
Adapted from Weber's Way To Grill
Simple Everyday Food http://www.simpleeverydayfood.com/
It’s important that you use fresh fish for this. Don’t take the shortcut and use frozen fish.. it’s not going to taste the same. If you can’t find sea bass, use whatever else is fresh and available – cod, shrimp, scallops, halibut, swordfish, etc.

This fish is perfectly marinated with oranges, limes, garlic, seasonings, and jalapeno peppers for a spicy kick. You place it on the grill skin side up so the fish ends up with beautiful grill marks. It’s smokey, citrus-y, tender, moist, and very flaky. You know a piece of fish is perfectly cooked when the fish flakes apart very easily with a fork! I was in heaven :)

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Enjoy!

Recipe from Weber’s Way To Grill by Jamie Purviance

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Summer. It usually means hot (and humid) days, being outside, and eating light.

When I say “eating light“, I don’t mean “light” as in “not eating a whole lot” – I mean “light” as in “eating meals that are light in flavor“.

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There is a reason why winter = comfort food season. People want to sit at home wrapped up in a blanket eating a plate of hot cheesy pasta casserole or a bowl of hot creamy soup. No one wants to do all that when it’s 95 degrees out.

Well, I don’t mind it that much, but I know most people would prefer not eat a steaming hot bowl of soup when they’re hot and sweaty already.

I think tacos are the perfect summer food. It’s light, easy to make, customizable, healthy, and its flavor can be easily tweaked based on what meats you make and what toppings you add to it.

Chicken fajitas.

Carnitas.

Barbacoas.

Seafood (fish, shrimp, etc).

Then pile on the toppings that you like: Beans. Cheese. Lettuce. Tomatoes. Avocados. Sour cream.

No matter what your preference is, there’s usually a perfect taco for you. You can have a family of picky (and non-picky) eaters, but when it comes to tacos, everyone can easily add their favorite toppings and be a happy camper at the dinner table.

Now that I’ve done enough rambling, let me talk about these tacos. They’re simple. They’re healthy. They don’t take a whole lot of prep time in the kitchen, and they’re delicious. Deeeee-licious.

I basically took my crispy cod sandwich with spicy mayo, eliminated the bun, cut the fish fillets into fish sticks, and put them in a soft flour tortilla. Drizzle on the spicy mayo, and viola! Fish tacos.

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Yep, it’s that easy. Easy peasy.

easy peasy fish tacos
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb cod filets
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 cup plain panko bread crumbs
  4. 1 package of 6" flour tortillas
  5. An assortment of toppings
for the panko bread crumb seasoning
  1. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  2. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  3. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  4. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
for the spicy mayo
  1. 1/3 cup mayo
  2. 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  3. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  5. 1/4-1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, depending on taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
  2. Place cod fillets on a plate and pat dry with paper towels. Slice/cut the fillets into sizes of fish sticks, about 2" pieces. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the egg. In another large shallow bowl, combine all the ingredients for the panko bread crumbs (and its seasonings).
  4. Dip the fish sticks into the egg wash. Transfer them to the shallow bowl containing the bread crumbs. Flip them around a couple times, making sure that every inch of it is covered with the bread crumbs, transfer to baking sheet (you may have to do this in several rounds to prevent overcrowding of the bowls). Bake for 20 minutes until the bread crumbs look golden and crispy.
  5. In the meantime, make the spicy mayo: combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, whisk to combine. If desired, transfer the mayo into a small Ziploc bag and cut a small hole in the corner for easy drizzling.
  6. Once the fish is done cooking, assemble your tacos: place a few fish sticks in the middle of your tortilla, top with toppings, and drizzle with the spicy mayo.
  7. Serves 2-3
Notes
  1. We warmed the tortillas up in a small pan over medium-high heat, about 15 seconds on each side.
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Making tacos really can’t get a whole lot simpler than this. Not only do these tacos deliver in flavor, it also has a variety of textures as well – the crispiness of the fish, the softness of the tortilla, the crunchiness of the shredded lettuce, and the creaminess of the mayo… it has every texture one bite of food will ever need.

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So what are you waiting for? Put this on your meal planner for the week!

Enjoy!

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Growing up in Taiwan, I remember eating a lot of fish as a kid. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the whereabouts of this country: Taiwan’s an island, located approximately 110 miles off the southeastern coast of China.

I’m not going to get into the nitty gritty details about Taiwan… if you want to learn more about it, I’m sure Google and Wikipedia would be more than happy to provide you with some insight…

My whole point about mentioning Taiwan is because since we are an island country, I grew up eating fish probably 2-3 times a week. Not only did people eat lots of seafood, they made it amazing without having to throw it in the deep fryer. I know a lot of people who aren’t fans of seafood – it seems like deep frying fish is how a lot of restaurants try to get Americans to eat fish that were supposed to be good for you.

My mom’s signature dish growing up was probably salmon with bean sprouts. I remember having “salmon with bean sprouts” for lunch for days in a row when I was in middle school that my friend asked me one day, “you’re having that again?!” Looking back, she sure knew how to get healthy omega-3 fatty acids into her child :)

Now I’m living in the Midwest (read: not surrounded by the ocean), I miss being able to eat fresh seafood whenever I please. Yeah, we have the local walleye that’s famous, but when it comes to fresh fish, scallops, shrimp, lobsters, crabs, clams, I’m pretty much out of luck. Oh, I’m sure the high-end fancy grocery stores have them, but nothing really beats fresh-caught seafood…. just another reason why I’m ready to move to the coast.

Since I have to work with what I have, I’ve trying to make fish I buy packaged in individual vacuumed packs (found in the freezer section) taste good. It’s nothing like what I’m used to having, but it’ll do until I have the resources to make fresh seafood.

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Before we started buying salmon, cod, and other ocean fish a few months back, we bought a lot of tilapia. Nothing against tilapia – I’m just used to eating ocean fish instead. I found a big bag of unopened tilapia fillets in the freezer last night, so I figured I should use it up before it goes bad.

This is probably not the healthiest seafood dish I’ve ever made, but I wanted to try something different, something that I’ve never made before. The lemony buttery sauce was a perfect complement to the fish. Next time, however, I would be a little bit more careful in drizzling the sauce over the tilapia. I added a little too much and it pooled onto the couscous beneath it and gave it a very sour taste – not good. Maybe I’ll drizzle the sauce over the fish before I serve it next time.

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tilapia with lemon herb butter
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Ingredients
  1. 2-3 tilapia fillets (about 12-16 oz total)
  2. Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  3. 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  4. 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  5. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  6. 1/4 cup flour
Instructions
  1. Chop the parsley and juice the lemon. Set aside.
  2. About 5 minutes before cooking, place tilapia fillets onto a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess moisture. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
  3. Dust the fillets with a thin coat of flour, shaking off the excess.
  4. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter and the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter starts to bubble, add the fish and cook for 3-4 minutes. Don't be too eager and flip the fish too early - the fish will end up sticking to the pan. Just let it cook and it will be easy to flip when it's ready.
  5. Flip the fillets and cook for another 3-4 minutes on the other side or until flaky. Remove to a large plate and keep warm.
  6. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter into the skillet. Once the butter has melted, stir in the lemon juice and parsley. Spoon sauce over fish.
Notes
  1. As lemon pairs well with fish, it doesn't pair well with the rest of your dinner - drizzle the sauce over the tilapia fillets before serving it onto your dinner plate. That way there won't be any excess lemony sauce that ends up overpowering everything else you have on the plate.
Adapted from Food.com
Adapted from Food.com
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The dish overall was a success. It’s been a while since I made fish in a frying pan/skillet (I usually bake my fish), so the biggest accomplishment of the night was being patient enough to let the fish cook on its own for a full 3 minutes before flipping it. Yay me!

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Enjoy!

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Minnesota is known for three things: its cold snowy winters, its 10,000 lakes and its walleye. I’m sure it’s known for a lot of other things, but those are the first three things that came to mind :)

Let’s talk about that walleye – if you’ve never had a beer battered walleye sandwich before, I highly suggest you to come visit someday and try it out. If a restaurant has it on the menu, it’s very difficult for me to order something else. The batter is usually hot, crispy, and fresh from the fryer while the flaky fish just melts in your mouth…

Just thinking about it is making my mouth water….

Anyway, back to why my blurb about walleye had anything to do with this post – as much as how amazing walleye sandwiches are, I know they’re not all that great for you. So today instead of going out for a walleye sandwich, I decided to make my own healthier version of a fish sandwich, and topped with some spicy mayo to give it a kick of flavor.

I didn’t have any freshly caught walleye, so I compromised with some cod instead (which was still very tasty!). If you don’t have any fresh fish available, you can also use some of those wild-caught frozen fish filets that they sell at your local grocery store.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cod filets (or walleye, or any other kind of white flaky fish)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • for the panko bread crumb seasoning:
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley leaves
  • for the spicy mayo:
    • 1/3 cup mayo
    • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, depending on taste
  • 2 club rolls (or hoagie buns, or any kind of your favorite bread)
  • any other kind of toppings – lettuce, tomatoes…

Directions:

  • Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
  • Place cod filets on a plate and pat dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the egg – this will function as your egg wash.
  • Combine all the ingredients for the panko bread crumbs (and its seasonings) in a large plate.

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  • Dip a filet into the egg wash. Toss and swish it around a couple times – you want to make sure it’s thoroughly coated with it before moving on!

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  • Transfer the filet to the plate containing the bread crumbs. Flip it around a couple times, making sure that every inch of it is covered with the bread crumbs (this is what will make the filet nice and crispy later).

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  • Transfer the panko-coated filet onto a baking sheet.
  • Repeat with other filet and bake for about 20 minutes, or until fish comes apart easy.

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  • While the fish is cooking, combine all the ingredients for the spicy mayo in a medium-sized bowl. This would also be a good time to prepare any toppings that you would like on top of your sandwich.

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  • Assemble your sandwich and enjoy!

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Note: I usually like to line my baking sheet with some aluminum foil with the edges folded up (kind of like a fence). That way not only will I catch any liquid that may be created during the cooking process, it also saves me from washing the baking sheet when I’m done – all I have to do it crumble the foil up and toss it in the trash!

This is a perfect quick meal that can be healthy and tasty at the same time – instead of the greasiness of the fried fish, the panko bread crumbs gave it a lighter texture and also made me feel better about eating something I enjoy. Plus, not a whole lot of dishes that needs to be cleaned in the end!

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