Monday, July 28, 2014

Vacation Fish

The salmon shown here is served with rice grits.
Dear Lauren,

Most years we have a family get-together somewhere in North America with my parents, my sister and her family, my brother, and my family. This year's trip will include Flagstaff, Sedona, and the Grand Canyon. We have all taken part in the planning this year and my part was to plan the menus. You'd think that would be a no-brainer for me, but apparently that is just what I have this year - no brain. So, with very little time left, here I am again, trying to get the meals planned.

This fish dish is a winner for an occasion such as ours, but I really cannot think of any occasion for which it wouldn't be a winner! It takes so little prep and cook time and it tastes delicious! 

Vacation Fish
Adapted from Trout David from Secrets of the Best Chefs
Serves 2

1 large fish filet, skin intact, about 1/2 pound (I've used salmon, the original recipe used trout, you can use whatever fresh fish that you like)
Salt and pepper
1 shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
Zest of 1 lemon, cut the lemon into wedges for serving
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (Whatever you like and have available. The author suggested oregano, sage, and basil. I had all of these in my herb garden and they were delicious with this dish!)
1/4 cup olive oil

Put your oven rack 1 inch from the broiler and preheat the broiler. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Place the fish on the baking sheet, skin side down, and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl, and top the fish with this mixture. Let the fish marinate on the counter or in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.

Cook the fish for about 5 minutes, until the fish is firm and there are a few bubbles in the herby olive oil. You can take two knives and make a small separation in the herbs and into the fish to see if it is done to your liking.



P.S. Lauren, I am looking forward to the day-trip you planned for us with All-Star Canyon Tours. Will Carson overcome his fears and get on the helicopter? Will any of us survive the Grand Canyon hike? Will the VIP treatment really be VIP? We will soon see!


  1. Simple. Best way to go with fish really. I don't think I would like it for a heavier fish like mackerel but the usual suspects, cod, halibut sole, monkfish... all systems go. This trip sounds very intriguing.

    1. The trip was awesome! I should post the photos on my blog, so far they have only made it to facebook!

    2. I know. Photos take work. We'll look out for them. =)

    3. I was planning to post a new recipe tomorrow but perhaps I need to take a step back and posts photos! Thanks for keeping me on track!