‘Grilled’ Marinated Sailfish

Marinades are my favorite.  Mostly because I can just dump a bunch of stuff I have in my cabinets into a bag with some meat, place it in the fridge, forget about it, and it always tastes yummy. So, with our new fish obsession I was looking for some other things to try.  I came across this super simple marinade and thought I would give it a try – and it was fantastic!

What You Need:

Sailfish steaks
4 cloves of garlic

1/3 or so cups white wine
1/4 cup lemon juice (or lime)
2 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs olive oil
a dash of nutmeg 

With the citrus and the wine, this marinade didn’t need too long to sit. It was done after about 30 minutes or so (perfect amount of time to get a little more studying in). The inspiration recipe was for grilled fish, but we don’t have a grill in Grenada. So instead I just cooked the fish in a skillet on the stove. Not the same as grilling, but it actually came out really good. The marinade kept the fish really moist. I just seared the outside on high heat and then cooked the rest of it on low heat until it flaked easily.

Tyler loved this dish. It came out really well for being such a different take on fish. I hope to try this at some point when we are back in the states when I can actually grill the fish.




Baked Sailfish Revisted

One of our favorite and very Grenadian dishes has been making baked sailfish. I wrote all about it here and you can follow my recipe as trust me, you will not be disappointed.  However, I wanted to take a minute to write about a variation we tried out. Since we get so many awesome local and  fresh spices in these bundles with our green onions, I got inspired to get extra savory with the sailfish. I sliced up some onions and green bell peppers but also added some carrots and celery to the dish (celery comes with the green onions). I seasoned the sailfish the same way but omitted the lime juice. I also through in sprigs of all the savory spices there was. I added some of the thyme and then a few other things that I honestly did not know what it was, but it smelled delicious. Then add a bay leave to the top and place the tomato slice on and bake it. It really did taste like a different dish. We were very happy, it was almost like a fish roast. Give it a try, especially if you can get your hands on a delicious bundle of Grenadian green onions and spices.


Baked Sailfish

The fish market in St. George’s is incredible. You can buy so much local, freshly caught fish at amazing prices. We had some amazing red snapper a while ago that I broiled and the fish only cost us the equivalent of 4US dollars. The fish market can be a little hit or miss though as to what they have, so we have learned to stock up. One fish that is very abundant here is sailfish. They are huge fish that are very steak-like and the awesome fish lady that Tyler mentioned just whacked right through the middle of the fish with a machete to give us our one pound slice we requested.

In looking for recipes, I learned that it isn’t all that common to be sold so finding recipes was a little tricky. However, due to its similarity to swordfish, I pulled some inspirations from a bunch of recipes I found and put some of my own creative magic together to try something out. I also decided that I would try out our oven. It has a dial marked 1-4 and no temperature regulation as there is no pilot light, so I have not been sure what to expect. But I figured I could just use my own temperature senses and try it out on a dish that is not too temperature sensitive.

The best part about this dish is that everything was local. We used all local produce we either bought at the Saturday market or from vendors on campus and then, of course, the fish was caught right off shore for sure.

What you Need:

1 lb sailfish steak (no skin)
2 green bell peppers (not common in Grenada, but you can find them sometimes at the local markets and they are amazing)
1 small onion
2 green onions
2 cloves of garlic
1 tomato
olive oil
sea salt and pepper

Chopped Veggies

Chop some peppers and onions.

First I lined a baking dish with aluminum foil (for easy clean-up) and sprayed lightly with cooking spray. I found a baking dish for only 20EC at the store so if you are like me and didn’t have one, it isn’t that expensive to buy and so handy. Then I sliced up the bell peppers and the onion. I laid these in the baking dish, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled on some sea salt and black pepper. Then I nestled in the fish which I pat dry and covered well with pepper and squeezed a few lime wedges over.

I sliced up some green onions reserving the top part as a garnish for after and sauteed the bottoms with some minced garlic. I toped the fish with the garlic-onion mixture. I sliced the tomato into thick slices and then laid them on top of the fish.

I covered the whole dish with some alumminum foil and placed it into my oven. The oven doesn’t really have a temperature setting but instead a flame level so I choose a medium-high setting and cooked the dish about 30-35 minutes. The goal was to get the fish to flake off easily. I cannot say exactly my time and temperature combo, but I was aiming to allow it to bake in a 400 degree oven for about 40 minutes.

It is looking good.

Add the tomatoes and this puppy is ready for the oven.

While it baked I made some simple white rice and cooked some fresh green beans to balance out our meal and presto – delicious fish dinner for two. I sprinkled the remaining green onions on top of the fish before serving and had some extra lime wedges for a little extra citrus punch. The lime helped to add some flavor to the rice as well.

I was actually surprised at how easy it was to make and it tasted so good. It was delicious and fresh. We didn’t know what to expect, but sailfish might just make it into our more regular diet. I had actually frozen this piece from a few weeks ago and it still tasted great so I have no problem buying a little extra just to have stuff on hand.