Chili – Lime Grilled Bluefish

Grilled bluefish is certainty a summer staple here on Long Island. Because of its higher fat content, bluefish should be handled with care to maintain quality. Bluefish should be thoroughly iced as soon as possible after they are caught and kept cold until they are eaten. To cut down on the strong oil flavor many cooks use goopy mayo based concoctions the slather all over the fish. I prefer to go with a less goopy and more healthy option – citrus. So here is a mildly spicy citrus marinade the goes wonderfully with healthy fatty fish.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 bluefish fillet (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 red bell peppers, stemmed, cored and quartered

Combine the the lime juice, jalapenos, olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste in a large, shallow glass or ceramic dish. Cut diagonal slashes in the skin of the bluefish and place, skin side up, in the marinade. Spoon some of the marinade over the skin. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat your charcoal grill to a nice hot temperature. Then, place the fish, skin side up, on the grill. Place the peppers on the grill. Grill the fish for 7 minutes. Turn it over carefully and grill until just cooked through, about 5 minutes more. Grill the peppers until charred, about 5 minutes per side.

Serve this with grilled corn on the cob, another summer staple here on Long Island.

Grilling Bluefish