Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Margarita Grouper Fillets

Makes 6 servings ( serving size : 1 grouper per servings)

6                   (6-ounce) grouper fillets
3/4                teaspoon salt, divided
1/4                cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/4                cup chopped onion 
1                   tablespoon sugar 
1                   tablespoon finely chopped seeded serrano chile
3                   tablespoons fresh lime juice
1                   tablespoon tequila 
1                   tablespoon vegetable oil
1                   garlic clove, chopped
                          **Cooking spray **
                          **Chopped fresh chives (optional)**
                          **Lime wedges (optional) **

1 .          Place the fillets in a single layer in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish, and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Combine 1/2 teaspoon salt, cilantro, and the next 7 ingredients (cilantro through garlic clove) in a blender or food processor, and process until smooth. Pour cilantro mixture over the fillets, and turn to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator 30 minutes, turning once.
 2.              Prepare grill.
3 .           Remove fish from dish; discard marinade. Place fish on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 5 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Garnish fish with chopped chives and lime wedges, if desired.
Store cooked fillets in refrigerator for up to 1 day.

Inspired by the popular cocktail, sweet, delicate grouper takes on a tangy flavor from the fresh lime juice and tequila. Pair the grouper with yellow rice, black beans, and a pitcher of margaritas, of course.

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