BBQ Asian Sea Bass

I have been experimenting with grilling fish all summer and it is not easy. You need to pick the right type of fish, marinade, cooking temperature and vessel. This Asian sea bass turned out fantastic and finally came off the grill perfectly cooked. I made some spaghetti squash and a simple Asian slaw, which I included prep for below. I have to give a shout out to my grill master, my husband, for continuing to try these recipes! I usually just throw some protein at him and tell him to write down what he did. He nailed this one and it was so yummy. This is also a great week day meal if you are looking for a little detox from a heavy weekend. With football season here, this is perfect to make after a weekend of beer and wings.

BBQ Asian Sea Bass
Forks & Amusement 2010
serves 4

1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
1/2 tablespoon chili garlic paste or hot sauce
2 scallions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
4 sea bass fillets, about 24 oz total (you could also use salmon or halibut for this as well)

Combine all of the ingredients, except the fish, in a bowl and whisk to combine well. Place fish fillets in a plastic resealable bag, pour marinade over the fish and seal up the bag. Massage the marinade into the fish gently, making sure to get it all over the fish. Refrigerate the fish for up to 2 hours and at least 30 minutes.

Heat grill to medium heat. Place a small saucepan over high heat. Take the fish out of the bag and pour the marinade into the pan. Bring to a boil and let reduce by half.

Meanwhile, place some aluminum foil over the grill and brush with oil. Place fillets skin side down on top of the foil and cook for 7 minutes or until you can see the sides of the fish begin to cook through. Flip the fillets and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

To serve, place a fillet on each plate and spoon the sauce over each fillet.

Serve with:

Spaghetti Squash:
Ingredients: spaghetti squash, olive oil, salt, pepper, ground cumin

Cut squash in half, spoon out the seeds. Place cut side up on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Allow to cool slightly. With a fork, rake the squash strands away from the skin and place in a bowl. Toss with butter, ground cumin, salt and pepper to taste.

Simple Asian Slaw
Ingredients: napa cabbage, carrots, red onion, cilantro, rice wine vinegar, light mayo or sour cream, lime, hot sauce, honey, sesame oil

Toss shredded napa cabbage, thinly sliced carrots, thinly sliced red onion and chopped cilantro in a bowl. In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar, 1/4 cup light mayo or sour cream, juice of half a lime, hot sauce to taste, a little honey and splash of sesame seed oil. Combine dressing with slaw and serve cold.


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