Caribbean Citrus Grilled Fish and Caribbean Citrus Slaw

Caribbean Citrus Grilled Fish and Caribbean Citrus Slaw


When I made these recipes, the entire state of Kentucky was knee deep in snow.   But the bright flavors in the McCormick Caribbean Citrus Seafood Marinade Mix made us think of a warmer place.

I know many of you eat fish on Fridays during Lent.  This is an easy dinner that’s quick to fix, but has a big pay off in taste.

I used the marinade packet for both the fish and the slaw.  I wasn’t sure how it would work in the slaw dressing.  After all, the packet does say Seafood Marinade.  But it works great!  I added a little sugar and more oil.  The instructions are below in the recipe.

Using the same seasoning for both fish and slaw keeps things simple and ensures that the main dish and side dish complement each other.  If you want to add another side, I recommend sweet potato fries or a simple baked sweet potato.

Here’s what you’ll need for the fish.  I cooked mine on a George Foreman grill.  But I’ve included baking instructions if you’d rather use the oven.

Caribbean Citrus Grilled Fish ingr


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Honey Lemon Pepper Salmon – 15 Minute Meal

I love a dinner that tastes special, but takes hardly any time at all.  This one definitely fits that category.

A drizzle of honey and butter contrast with the sharp lemon pepper taste.  Pair this with 2 ingredient Garlic Cream Cheese Smashed Potatoes and a green veggie.  It’s a quick dinner that tastes like you’ve gone all out with the cooking.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Crab Cakes with Creamy Sauce

This summer, we’re taking a road trip in our kitchens.  It’s kind of like a regular road trip, without the chants of “Are we there yet?” and no need to fill up the gas tank.

We’ll be traveling through the country together and sampling dishes as we go.  A couple of weeks ago we stopped in New England for New England Blueberry Coffee Cake.  Today, we’re in the Mid-Atlantic states of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

There are so many different foods that I could choose to make for each region we visit.  Readers gave me lots of ideas on Facebook of dishes to include.  I only wish I could make a decent at-home version of a Philly Cheese Steak.  I’ve tried, but fallen short.  There’s nothing like the real thing, cheez whiz and all.

One reader mentioned a dish called “Garbage Plate” that is served in the Rochester, NY area.  It’s a hot dog (or sometimes hamburger), fried potatoes, baked beans, onions, mustard all covered with chili-meat sauce.  Wow!  It remind me of the Sloppers that we had in Colorado Springs last summer.  A wonderful mess!

I chose to make Crab Cakes.  I’m not sure how authentic these are.  I’ve only had crab cakes a few times, but these tasted just as good as those I’ve eaten in restaurants.  They’re quick and easy to make, but I’m not going to lie – they are a little expensive.  Yummy though!  Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Chili Lime Panko Tilapia and a $50 VISA card Giveaway!

Would you believe that delicious fish took only 2 ingredients?  It’s true!

The secret is Kraft Fresh Take.  They are a cheese and crumb (some have panko crumbs, some bread crumbs) mix.  You can do all kinds of things with them.  I chose to do a simple coating on tilalpia and then bake.  It made a crispy crust on the fish and added lots of flavor too.  My family loved it!  [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Fish and Shrimp

Before we get to this week’s Ingredient Spotlight, I need to announce the winner of the giveaway for Ingredient Spotlight: Cream Cheese. And the winner is Janice C.! Congratulations to Janice and thanks to PHILADELPHIA Cooking Creme for sponsoring the giveaway!

I did not grow up in a house where we ate fish or shrimp, except for the occasional can of tuna.  Consequently, I don’t consider myself an expert at cooking seafood.   And I like to keep the prep very easy, so I buy frozen fish fillets.  They thaw quickly and are easy to use.

I should have added canned tuna and salmon and even anchovies to that photo above.  All of those are good choices for fish, especially if you need a quick option.

Here are a few of my fish and shrimp recipes:  [Read more…]

10 Ways to Fix Fish – No Recipe Required

Sometimes, you’re just not in the mood to find a recipe and yet, dinner has to be made.  If you know it’s going to be fish and need some ideas for how to fix it, this post is for you.

Here are 10 tasty fixes plus a few cooking methods to choose from too.

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Grilled Fish Sandwich with Homemade Tartar Sauce

Sometimes, when I sit down to write up a recipe post, I can’t find anything to say.  This is one of those times.

Because, really, the beauty of this sandwich is that it’s so simple.

Grilled fish that cooks up quick on a George Foreman or other indoor grill.

Cajun seasoning  kicks the flavor up a notch or three.

Homemade tartar sauce that is just mayo with a little sweet relish stirred in.

Put it on a bun, serve it with fries and carrot sticks or salad.  It’s a little out of the ordinary, but casual and easy enough for a weeknight supper.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Garlic Lime Tilapia

Oh my goodness!  Please go to your kitchens and make this for dinner tonight.  It is soooo delicious.  And it’s easy.  (If I had a nickel for every time I said that a recipe is easy, I would be rich.  Or, at least I’d have an extra 30 cents a week.)

The tilapia is seasoned and cooked in garlic butter with a splash of lime juice.  Divine!

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Asian Salmon on the Grill

asian salmon done

Dinner time was creeping up on me and I had no plan.  Only four of us would be home on that night.  Usually, when Jim is gone we have pancakes but that didn’t sound good.  I wanted something fast and easy, but different.  Inspiration came from one bag of salmon fillets in the freezer, which isn’t enough for 6 of us, but perfect for 4.  When I spied the bottle of sesame seed oil in the pantry, I knew I was on to something good.

I decided to grill the salmon in foil packets with a simple, flavorful sauce made with soy sauce and sesame seed oil.

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Fish Tacos with Chipotle Dressing

Fish Tacos with Chipotle Sour Cream Sauce

It’s only been very recently that I’ve tasted fish tacos.  I’ve ordered them in two different restaurants, but I really wanted to try making them at home.  My first search for recipes called for expensive types of fish, like swordfish.  I kept looking though, and found a few recipes that use tilapia.  I combined the ideas of several recipes to create these and the result is easy and tasty.

Even the kids liked them.  At first they were skeptical, but I explained that fish tacos are different from regular tacos.  It’s not like you just substitute fish for the hamburger.  Low and behold, they tried them and they liked them too! [Read more…]