Sep 14, 2017

Spicy Grilled Rockfish with Garlic and Basil Butter | #FishFridayFoodies

This spicy grilled rockfish is filled with the flavors of cayenne, garlic, and basil. This dish is so easy to make, and the sauce brings out the delicious flavor of the fish without overwhelming it. 


This spicy grilled rockfish is filled with the flavors of cayenne, garlic, and basil. This dish is so easy to make, and brings out the delicious flavor of the fish without overwhelming it.

This spicy grilled rockfish with garlic and basil butter blew me away.

My cousin goes on an annual fishing trip to Alaska and brings back tons of glorious fish that is flash frozen on the docks and sent home. He is so generous in sharing it with our family.

Typically, he brings back salmon (which is getting more rare), halibut (the best!), and cod (amazing!). This year my care package included some rockfish.

"Rockfish?" you ask! It's not that well known but is well worth seeking out. It's a wonderful fish that lends itself to any dish that calls for a firm white fish. It's very mild, and not very fishy in flavor. Now, when I visit fish markets, and I see rockfish, I buy it to make this quick, flavorful, and easy dish.

This spicy grilled rockfish is filled with the flavors of cayenne, garlic, and basil. This dish is so easy to make, and brings out the delicious flavor of the fish without overwhelming it.

I briefly marinated the fish in oil and lemon juice, grilled it, and then drenched it with this amazing butter, garlic, basil, and cayenne sauce.

This grilled rockfish recipe is perfect for a "company's coming" dinner or even a week night meal.

This spicy grilled rockfish is filled with the flavors of cayenne, garlic, and basil. This dish is so easy to make, and brings out the delicious flavor of the fish without overwhelming it.

This month, the Fish Friday Foodies are making grilled fish. I am beyond excited to share this rockfish recipe as well as introduce you to the rest of the Fish Friday Foodies grilled fish recipes.

This rockfish can be prepared on an outdoor grill as well as an indoor cast iron grill pan. Either way, the fish is ridiculously good.

Thank you to Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm for creating Fish Fridays, and for choosing this month's theme. After the recipe, be sure to check out everyone's grilled fish!



Spicy Grilled Rockfish with Garlic and Basil Butter

Spicy Grilled Rockfish with Garlic and Basil Butter

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds rockfish fillets
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Marinate the fish in the oil and lemon juice for 30 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, heat the butter in a small saucepan over low heat with the garlic, basil, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Grill the fish over direct heat for about 5 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the fish. Serve with the butter, garlic, basil, and cayenne sauce.
Yield: 4 servings

Recipe adapted from Global Seafoods

Spicy Grilled Rockfish



15 comments:

  1. I love rockfish and I love the flavor profile of this recipe. Thanks Karen.

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    1. I don't know why I'd never tried it before. I see it in the fish markets now all the time. Thanks Wendy!

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  2. I love rockfish, too! This sounds delicious, Karen. P~

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  3. Huh. I have never tried rockfish. But if it doesn't taste fishy, then it sounds like something my fish hating brother would try. I need to test it out on him ;)

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    1. I had never tried it until now myself! Your brother might actually like it!

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  4. A gorgeous, colorful dish, I too love rock fish fillets here it is called Ghol fish.

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    1. Thanks Sneha. I love learning the names from other countries!

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  5. I would like your garlic basil butter on all the things, Karen! I was first introduced to Rockfish when Camilla's son made a rockfish burger for a Sunday Supper book review but I've never tried it myself. I must look into what it might be called here, if we even have it. How wonderful to have a generous fisherman in the family!

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    1. Thanks Stacy. It's so nice. We try not to appear overly greedy when he returns home from his Alaskan fishing trips. I know that rockfish has many names...

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  6. Look at those gorgeous grill marks, my mouth is watering and it's not even breakfast time. And the butter, hmmm, I wonder how it would go on a nice piece of steak or some chicken as well.

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    1. I bet it would be wonderful! Great idea =)

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  7. Big fans of grilled fish ourselves, so, we LOVED your recipe and are definitely trying it very soon:) Any firm white flesh fish would work right (unfortunately rockfish isn't available in the Mediterranean)?
    Sending you lots of hugs!
    xoxo

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    1. It would be great for any firm white fish, including cod or halibut.

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