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Grilled Fish Tacos with Roasted Chili and Avocado Salsa

Grilled Fish for the Man of the House

  • 1/2 Hass avocado, seeded and flesh removed from peel
  • 2 poblano peppers, roasted, peeled and seeded
  • 1 jalapeno, roasted, peeled and seeded
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion, divided
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, divided
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 pound amberjack fillet
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 8 fresh, white or yellow corn tortillas, warmed
  • 4 slices ripe tomato, cut in 1/2
  • 2 limes, halved

Instructions

In a blender, combine the avocado with the roasted poblano and jalapeno peppers, 1/4 cup of the olive oil, 1/4 cup of the chopped onion, 1/4 cup of the cilantro leaves, the lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon of the kosher salt and the water. Puree until smooth and set aside as you prepare the rest of the dish.

Preheat a cast iron grill pan over medium heat. Season the amberjack with the remaining teaspoon of kosher salt and the white pepper. Rub both sides of the fish with the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil and place in the grill pan. Sear until just cooked through, about 4 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan and set aside.

To assemble the tacos, divide the fish (in flakes or small chunks) evenly among the tortillas. Place 1 tablespoon of the chopped onion and 1 tablespoon of the cilantro leaves over the fish. Place a half tomato slice over the onions and cilantro and spread some of the Roasted Chile and Avocado Salsa over the tomato and fish. Squeeze some lime juice over the tacos, fold over and eat. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, fish and other ingredients.

Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse

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Grill Pans from Simple Eggs to the Hot Romantic Recipes

If you don’t have a grill pan yet and still using your old skillets for pancakes, aren’t you going to give yourself a break? Own a grill pan now. If you get one, you will be amazed how the designed ridges have to do with your cooking and your meals. You may find it a bit difficult to clean but cleaning up is always a part of healthy cooking, take note, and I guess it’s only constant that to love cooking, cleaning up is constant.

You can have fun with your grill pan from the simplest egg meals and grilled vegetables to puffy pancakes and hot spicy romantic recipes!

A Grill-Panned Bonefish with Asian Sauce

Chicken Fajitas in a Ridged Grill Pan

Maybe I’m speaking by experience since I have a round and rectangular grill pan that allowed me to do just about everything that comes out of my mind.

Try this Jerk Chicken Recipe

What’s a better thing than showing someone that you love them enough to prepare deliciously healthy foods? Yes using grill pans is healthy because you get all the fat and oil pooling on the ridges so no need for them to go along your food.

What to Do When Your Tilapia Flakes During Grilling

One of the my favorite fish to grill is tilapia. I love the white flavorful meat still oozy hot for dinner. But I never thought tilapia would flake so easily and would fall off the grates, that’s often the problem with this fish. If I only had one entire tilapia fish that keeps falling off the grates as it cooks, I wonder what would happen to the fish the moment I serve it. 🙂 Tilapia is a tender fish with meat that is firm enough to get a nice grill without flaking – that’s what I know!

Now that we know that tilapia can be delicate when grilled, it’s just ideal to always brush a little oil (sesame oil is best) around it before putting on the grill, or grease the grill properly to prevent the flesh from sticking into the grates.

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I also have began putting my tilapia in a foil before grilling. This way, you’re 100% sure the fish will come out whole and will be served intact.

Enjoy!

Christmas Grilling Stories

Have you heard of grilled alligator?

It’s just one of the most unusual grilled recipe for Christmas. One girl from New Orleans shared her family’s menu – grilled alligator, sauteed shrimp and mushrooms and salad. Here’s more – salad, raw oysters with cocktail sauce, grilled scallops and her own dish – creamy-less broccoli. Sounds different?

Grilled Gator

Another story is the 12 days BBQ celebration. Rod and Sheri have spent years perfecting the art of barbecue and are ready to teach their their secrets. The two day Pellet Envy Competition BBQ Class will take you through their entire competition cooking process and end with you tasting some of the best Que in the business and truly having the knowledge to reach the point in years to come where you have forgotten more about barbecue than most ever knew.

Among the most important tool in any cook’s toolbox is a great knife. For pitmasters few things are more important to their craft than an affordable and reliable slicing knife to use when cutting slabs of ribs or slicing brisket. High-carbon stainless steel blade with an edge to prevent food from sticking and meets both requirements of affordability and reliability.

So even if you’ve stretched your shopping till the last minute that you don’t have time for elaborated cooking, hit the grill and make any special menu for the Christmas celebration.

How to Throw a Holiday Grilling Party

It’s tradition everywhere that holiday meals should always come extra special. So you set the dinner banquet table with all the tray of fruits, vases of flowers and little candles to dazzle up the whole scene. Others simply don’t care for the standard dishes that are usually on the holiday dining table. If this rings true for you, then maybe you should consider trying something new out of the olden tradition – throw a holiday grilling party!

Grilling the usual chicken or turkey can top your list, but why not consider grilling out a nice piece of pork or beef instead? You’re throwing a grilling party so you want your guests to enjoy the outdoors too. Aside from the same chicken breasts on the grill, a nice beef or pork tenderloin is another favorite everyone will enjoy. Don’t forget the holiday herbs and spices, of course. Have thyme and rosemary ready so you’re sure they stay in tune with your theme.

Even if it’s a chilly night, you can still have a good time with it. It’s your party so you can create your own style to make it fun. Tell your guests you’re taking it outside so they should be ready with the right gear. Remind everyone to bring coats, scarves and mittens, and you can always invite them to stand around the grill to keep warm.

Cold is not a hindrance

Who would not love this!

Sounds impossible? It’s not! It only takes courage to believe you can do it and let everyone know there is no limit when it comes to grilling:-)

BBQ Grill – Best Gift Suggestion for Men

Not just for the summer cookout, bbq grills also make wonderful winter and Christmas gift for men! In fact, with premium grill accessories they sure would want to be grilling year-round. Because whether they’re serious about all things cooking or just love to barbecue, grills make the perfect gift for men like no other.  Plus, if you’re inside the store, you’ll find everything from skewers to smoke boxes, cutting boards, thermometers and much more – things that you too would find useful for your own grilling escapade.

Cast Iron Round Grill Pan - Your Smart Kitchen

If your family enjoys kabobs, then a grill fits the menu… and if you’re searching for something for a real foodie, you won’t be disappointed either. There are also cedar grilling planks perfect for infusing men’s favorite meat or fish dishes with an unbeatable all-natural smoky flavor.

Cedar Grilling Planks - Fire and Flavor

I suggest that you choose personalized grill tools for him from online stores. Shopping online has a lot more to offer than going to department stores. It can make a unique statement with accessories he will savor using every time he hits the grill. These make great gifts for grandparents who enjoy sentimental gifts, culinary items, and grilling in general.

The next thing you’ll be thinking would be a unique gift wrapper to surprise him!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 😉

Successful Steps in Grilling Fish

Grilling fish is one of the best and healthiest way to cook fish. Aside from these, grilling usually takes ony a few minutes of your time, making it the best and easy to prepare grilled meal for your visitor. Although charcoal grilling is also the most fun methods of grilling, using gas grills I should say is easier. Try the following proven steps for a more successful grilled fish.

Step 1: Clean your grate.

A clean grill is the beginning of a deliciously-flavored fish. Remove debris from previous dinner to avoid the new fish to stick on the grate.  To make the grill grates glossy and non-stick, dip about two folded paper towels in olive oil, use a tong to grasp it and rub the grill grates.

Step 2: Get an aluminum foil and cover it to the gas grill.

Set the fire to high heat and wait for about 10 to 15 minutes to thoroughly burn off the debris. When this process is done, remove the foil.

Step 4: Grill the fish.

Before putting your fish on the grill, season it with salt. To add more flavor and keep the fish moist, you can brush each sides olive oil (or any vegetable oil) or with melted butter or some fresh lemon juice while you are grilling. Remember to check your fish from time to time because using butter can burn the fish easily.

Step 5: Arrange the fish diagonally on the grate, with skin side down across the grate to create that famous grill marks.

To grill a thinner and flakier fish, use a grill basket or wrap it with aluminum foil with olive oil, wine or lemon juice. This is to avoid the fish from falling apart and to keep the moisture during cooking and flipping.

Step 6: Adjust the temperature of the grill down to low.

This is to prevent it from cooking too fast. Close the lid while cooking. Cooking will approximately take about 10 minutes for every inch of thickness of the fish. It is advisable to check your fish from time to time.

Step 7: Check if the skin of the fish has become seared and crisp.

Lift the edge of the fish using a turner, spatula or tong to see if it easily moves from the grates. Do not move the fish when you see it is not yet done for it could easily break up. If the skin is already seared, flip your fish over.

Step 8: Remove it from the grill.

When both sides are seared and fish flakes easily when a fork is inserted, then it is done. Remove the fish from the grill and you can now serve it to your hungry guests!


Recipes – Three of Asia’s Most Popular Pork Dishes

By: Maria Antoniet Fornillos

The art of Asian cooking is a reflection of many different cultures and influences that born the most popular ethnic cuisines. Famous for its antique flavors, you will only understand genuine Asian food when you experience it. While pork dishes are among the most popular, there are a few pork recipes that are more favored in more than one country in Asia and among foreign countries as well. I have three of them.

Crispy Sweet & Sour Pork

The arguably flavorsome rage of sugar along with ketchup and tangy rice vinegar has created the most admired blend of sweet and sour taste that is very pleasing to the palate. Some use dry sherry or even dry red or white wine for vinegar making crispy sweet and sour pork as one of the staples in many Chinese restaurants.

Home-style sweet and sour pork include white onions, celery, bell peppers and fresh or tinned pineapple to add another layer of sweetness to the sweet and sour pork chunks. By tradition, the secret to an authentic sweet and sour pork dish lies in the perfect balance of the sweet vs. sour taste of the sauce, along with a great batter for crispy and crunchy coating for the pork.

Baby Back Ribs

This tender meat around the ribs is called loin ribs or back ribs. This is taken from the top of the rib cage between the spine and the spareribs just below the loin muscle. The term “baby back ribs” comes not from the age of the hog, but the small size of the ribs which is meatier and tender compared to the larger pork spareribs.

Smoked or roasted baby back ribs are very popular; this is why they are also one of the most expensive cuts of meat from the hog. Asians spend time marinating the pork ribs and cook them slowly; getting roasted or grilled ribs that just fall off the bone. The hint of wine in the marinade which is also used to baste meat during the cooking process results to an even tastier baby back ribs pork dish.

Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin is one of the most favorite Asian recipes for pork. It is the dish mostly considered perfect for potluck, buffet or picnic. This mild-flavored slender cut of boneless meat that comes from the loin lends itself to dry rubs, marinades and even brining, that Asians find it juicier than it has been thought of. Pork tenderloin is also one of quickest to cook meat that you can cook it on the grill in less than 10 minutes.

Asian-style pork tenderloin is classically marinated with hoisin sauce, soy sauce herbs and spices to infuse meat with complex flavors, and transpose a simply cooked meal into something that tastes more impressive than it sounds. When you slice your tenderloin into medallions, you will see and taste how each bite includes a part of the surface the marinade came in contact with. This is why Asians have been marinating for more than five centuries.

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Getting the Best of Your Charcoal Grilling

Control over time and temperature is the key to a successful grilling, but also know that every grill design is different.

  • The first thing to note is the cleanliness of your grill. Having a clean grill constantly results to delicious grilled food without the “ashy taste”. At the same time, old ash from your previous grilling session could cause your grill to rust and burn.

  • Next is the position of your charcoal grill. Ventilation should be considered. Avoid grilling in the bushes, under trees and maybe overhangs. Charcoal grills reviews would give you specifications of how to use your grills so make sure you follow it right.

  • Allow at least a few minutes for your charcoal grill to burn or until the charcoal turns to ashy gray in color, and to coat your cooking grate with spray cooking oil or a similar stuff in order to prevent your food from sticking when you are grilling.
  • The last but not the least is to resist the urge of constantly pouring water on fire flair. The best way to do it is to simply transfer your meat temporarily to another side of the grill until the fire subsides.

These are only the most important things to enhance your grilling method.  Since outdoor grilling is an all time favorite fun especially on a warm sunny day, most homes are with a grill and the best choice is a charcoal grill.

Essential Ingredients of a Marinade

Marinating is a great way to add flavour and, in some cases, tenderise meat, chicken and fish. A marinade can be made of paste,  liquid or a dry rub (such as a simple herb and spice mix). If you’re the adventurous kind of a cook, you can create your own mix and match flavours to create your own blends.

Typical blends of vinegar, wine, oil, salt, and seasonings make terrific marinades that boost the flavor of food. The natural acid in the liquids along with salt tenderize tough fibers, while the oil acts as a flavor enhancer. Always use a non-reactive container such as glass, ceramic, or even plastic bowls. Aluminum containers react with the acid in your marinade and will begin to corrode, causing off flavors in the marinated food.

Oils

Oil is said to work as flavor enhancer. The oil content in a marinade locks in the natural flavour of the food and prevents it from drying out, retaining the most luscious flavor of the food. Some oils can also add flavour. Good oils for marinating include olive, sesame, peanut and infused oils available at gourmet stores.

sEASONINGS

These ingredients provide the unique flavors in marinated food. Garlic, ginger and onion are the most common great starting points. You may also opt to use fresh herbs and chilli to spice things up, or honey and sugar to sweeten your food. Seasonings include citrus peel, soy sauce, mustard, salt and pepper, and herbs and spices. The choice is yours.

Acids

Acid ingredients have the ability to tenderise meat by unravelling its proteins – which results to the softening of the surface and allows flavors to be absorbed. Acids include vinegar, wine, sherry, citrus juice, yoghurt and buttermilk.

As a general rule, the longer food is left to marinate, the more flavoursome it will become. However, the ideal marinating time usually depends on what you’re marinating, the size of the ingredients and the type of marinade you are using. Just make sure you know the kind of ingredients you use and the amount of time to soak the food, to avoid mushy or tough marinated foods.