I'm making strides at becoming a seafood eater. If it's fried, I'll most likely at least try it, but I want to step it up and eat fish not just because it has a golden crunchy crust, but because it's fish.
The next step to achieving this was making a mild flavored fish, planked, and mixed with other flavors that I knew I already liked—that's where this recipe for a cedar planked whitefish with cilantro-lime butter came in. Any mild, flaky whitefish will do; my fishmonger had fresh flounder. Coming from a grilling mindset, I thought about rubs, and what would match well with wood flavor from planking—I opted for a cedar plank.
Once the fish was opaque and started to flake, after about 20 minutes over an indirect, medium heat, I slathered on a tasty compound butter of cilantro, serrano chile, and lime.
All of my inclinations here were right on. While both the woody flavor of the plank and butter were excellent additions, they only complemented and didn't mask the fish. It's a great way to enjoy fish, particularly for seafood eaters in training.
Planked Whitefish With Cilantro-Lime Butter Recipe
2 large or 4 medium fillets of a mild whitefish, such as haddock, flounder, or cod
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For the Cilantro-Lime Butter:
8 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 medium serrano chile, seeded and finely minced
1 tablespoon lime juice
Zest of 1 lime
Soak cedar planks for 1 hour prior to use.
In a small bowl, combine butter, serrano chile, cilantro, lime juice, and lime zest. Set aside.
In another small bowl mix together salt, chili powder, and black pepper. Season both sides of fish with seasoning mixture.
Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange the coals on one side of the charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Place planks over hot side of the grill until it start to char and smoke. Flip planks over and move to cool side of grill and arrange fish on top. Cover grill and cook until fish is opaque and starts to flake, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove fish from the grill, spread with the cilantro-lime butter and serve.
Grill, 2 cedar planks (pre-soaked)
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 24g||31%|
|Saturated Fat 15g||74%|
|Total Carbohydrate 1g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||2%|
|Total Sugars 0g|
|Vitamin C 4mg||19%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|