Thursday, June 14, 2012

Another Fishy Dishy

Jessie and I must have been on the same wave-length today... We both made fish for dinner... Although, mine was a result of being ultra-frugal and not the result of finding awesome fresh fish at the store.

A few months back, when I was stocking up on Gluten-Free stuff for my pantry, I purchased a large bag of mahi-mahi fillets. I know I need to introduce more fish in to my diet, but my experience with mahi-mahi while I lived in Hawaii was, let's say, not great (although, that could have been because I ate Zippy's Mahi-Mahi - not saying that Zippy's is a bad restaurant because they are not, I just did not care for their Mahi-Mahi). But, being that it was the only fish I was seeing that was already "taken care of" - read - I didn't have to scale, skin, or de-bone it - I bought it.

And there it sat in my freezer, for two months, unopened, until my husband (bless his heart) had a melt-down last night about how much money we are spending (primarily on eating out)...

So I gave him the choice last night - fish or chicken... I guess you can imagine what his choice was.

So, I took the fish out of the freezer last night and put it in my fridge to thaw. And then I started looking at mahi-mahi recipes. I decided on an easy recipe, as I had a homework assignment due this evening that would take most of my time. I decided to broil it.

So, first, I turned my oven to broil and positioned the top rack directly beneath the heating element. Then I covered my broiler pan in aluminum foil. I spread some olive oil on the foil with a pastry brush. Then, I let the fish soak in some water for about 10 minutes (I neglected to put it at the bottom of my fridge to defrost - I put it on the top shelf directly below the freezer - I know, not one of my brightest moves). Once the fish was fully thawed, I cut open the vacuum packed fillets and patted them down with paper towels to remove excess moisture. Then they also got brushed down with olive oil. Thanks to Jessie, I had some pretty awesome Penzeys Spices in my cupboard and I decided to use the "Mural of Flavor" to rub onto the fish.

I broiled each side for about 5 minutes each. While the fish was under the broiler, I popped a package of Bird's Eye Potatoes and Green Beans in the microwave. It was done a little before the fish. But, dinner was easy enough for Aaron to cook when I don't have the time to devote to cooking to dinner (but let's face it, it took all of 15 minutes to prepare - minus the time I left the fillets soaking in water - so I really have no excuse not to take the time to make it myself).

Dinner was delicious, as was the chilled pinot grigio that we had with it... I'm going to have to stock up on the "easy" vegetables so we can make this more often! And more pinot grigio... just sayin' (this sentiment brought to you by 1/2 a bottle of pinot grigio)

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