Jeanette - Off The Cuff

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Blogger at: http://offthecuffhome.blogspot.com and http://offthecuffcooking.blogspot.com -- My name is Jeanette, and I was born in Sweden, but unlike the famous Muppet, I am not a professional Swedish Chef. I actually studied design and photography. I also was a freelance indie-rock critic for several magazines from 1998-2005, and had an in-house PR company for a while. Cooking is in my DNA--my dad's brother was a chef and their father was a pastry chef, my mom's mother was a caterer, who published a cookbook of traditional Finnish breads and pastries when she was 92. Everyone else in my family loves to cook, and we're not afraid to experiment. I have a yen for interior design and remodeling.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Thai inspired Mahi Mahi

I had mahi mahi in the freezer, and a variety of other Thai-ish ingredients like cilantro and coconut milk, so I thought to myself that there must be some good way to incorporate them all into a beautiful dish. I did find this recipe on Bon Appetite, Grilled Mahi Mahi with Thai Coconut Sauce , and decided it was a good base, but since I would never BUY clam juice, uh hello.... juice from a CLAM? Yuck!... I thought I'd make some tweaks and use what I had, plus added some veggies. This is what I came up with.

INGREDIENTS:

4 mahi mahi Fillets (fresh or frozen / defrosted)

2 cups uncooked sticky rice
1 can coconut milk
2-3 tbsp Thai Fish Sauce
1 bell pepper
1/2 yellow onion OR 6-8 green onions
2-3 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp fresh grated or powdered ginger
1 lime, juiced
1 bag or 1 can of Asian bean sprouts
1 cup fresh cilantro
1-2 tsp crushed red pepper

DIRECTIONS: Let’s start at the very beginning… a very good place to start.


So take the four Mahi-Mahi fillets and season them on both sides with some salt, a couple of squirts of lime juice and crushed red pepper, and set aside for now.

Make the rice in the meantime, by rinsing two cups uncooked sticky rice in a mesh sieve until water is fairly clear, and then follow directions on the package, but substitute 1 cup of the total amount of water with coconut milk, add about 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper.

Meanwhile, back at the Bat Cave...There's some sauce happening...


Slice up approximately 6-8 green onions
Mince 2-3 cloves of garlic
Julienne one bell pepper (color is better if it is red or orange or yellow-- green would be too bitter in this.)
And sauté all that in a skillet...
When the peppers start to get soft, add a cup of coconut milk (one can of coconut milk yields enough for the rice and enough for the sauce) and 2-3 tbsp Thai Fish Sauce, 2 tbsp lime juice, 1/4 tsp grated ginger and 1/4 - 1/2 tsp crushed red peppers

Now, fire up your grill on high, and when it reaches about 350 degrees, put your fish on there and flip when each side has nice blackened grill marks on it... Grill about 2-3 minutes on each side...

At last minute or two, while fish is grilling, put about a cup of fresh chopped cilantro and 1 bag or can of Asian bean sprouts into the sauce. . . Serve together in a bowl with grilled fish and rice.

And yummmm.

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