Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Grouper. Group...er. Or as I just found out Lapu-Lapu in tagalog. I never knew the two were the same fish. haha... No wonder I liked it a lot. I've had this fish before, whole (head and all) in a sweet and sour dish. It's a white fish similar in taste and texture to the halibut. Before I found out it's Philippine name, it was the obvious choice to make when I ventured into the farmer's market and waltz my way to the Dry Dock Fish booth. I don't think I've seen it there before.
I decided to serve this fish as a "make your own"-style lettuce wraps. Give the person the opportunity to put as much into the lettuce as they want. I seasoned the grouper and broiled it. Coming out flaky, juicy and flavorful. I had some time the day before so I made some tartar sauce to go with the fish, which brought a nice balance of flavors. Chopped up some tomatoes and green onions. Also some shredded cheese. Put those into separate small bowls. Cut out the best looking leaves from a nice head of red leaf lettuce. Set it out on a board and served it as it was.
It's a fun, interactive meal for all. Put as much or as little and make it your own.
Broiled Grouper Lettuce Wraps
2 group fillet (or your choice of while fish)
extra virgin olive oil
( or your choice of seasoning)
1/2 c sweet onion or green onion - chopped
1 ripe tomato - small diced
1/2 shredded cheese (your choice)
Tartar sauce (see recipe below or store bought)
Lightly coat the filets with some olive oil, then season well with salt, pepper, paprika or your choice of seasonings. Let it rest at least 30 minutes before cooking to let the seasonings settle into the meat.
Preheat your broiler.
Place the filets on a foil lined baking sheet and broil until the fish for 8-10 minutes. Then flip and broil the other side for another 5-10 minutes. Based on 3/4-inch thick slices.
Putting it together:
Serve the tartar sauce (recipe below), onion, tomato, cheese and cheese into small separate bowls, the grouper on the plate and let your diners create their own lettuce wraps.
Note: feel free to add any other condiments you prefer.
1 c light mayo
1 1/4 tsp sweet relish
1/2 medium onion - finely chopped
1 tsp dry parsley
1 tsp dry thyme
2 Tbsp horseradish mustard (Emeril's)
1/2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper
Combine all ingredients together and set aside. Chill in the fridge for an hour before serving to let the flavors blend. May be made in advance.