Grouper is a saltwater fish, it has become very popular in the United States being caught in the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean and a big catch in the Gulf of Mexico.
They can range from 10lbs up to 100lbs and if you've caught even a small one, you've had a good day fishing!
Baked Grouper with Courgettes
4 grouper steaks
1 tbspn oil
1 onion, peeled and finely sliced
1lb (500g) courgettes, sliced
handful fresh basil - tear the leaves
1 tbspn lemon juice
4 large ripe tomatoes - sliced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely diced
3 fl oz (90 ml) white wine
6 oz (175g) hard cheese such as cheddar, finely grated
6 oz (175g) fresh breadcrumbs
Heat the oven to Gas Mark 5, 375F, 190C
Oil a shallow baking dish and put the onion in, half the courgettes and then the fish.
Season with pepper, a little lemon juice, half the basil and then put the rest of the courgettes and the tomatoes on top.
Season again with pepper, the rest of the lemon juice and herbs and add the wine and 1 tbspn of oil.
Mix together the cheese and breadcrumbs and pile it on top - drizzle olive oil over.
Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes.
Here's the second of my grouper fish recipes for you - a lovely tomato and olive sauce - serve it with fresh crusty bread to mop up all the juices.
Grouper Braised with Tomatoes and Olives
2lbs (900g) grouper - cut into chunks
2 tbspns oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
2 large onions, peeled and finely chopped
1 green pepper - decored and finely chopped
1 14oz (400g) can peeled chopped tomatoes
12 black olives - pitted and halved
5 fl oz (150ml) white wine
fresh black pepper
few basil leaves - roughly torn
2 tbspns yoghurt, cream or creme fraiche
Heat the oven to Gas Mark 5, 375F or 190C
Heat half the oil in a frying pan and gently cook the garlic, onions and pepper until softened.
Put into an ovenproof dish.
Heat the rest of the oil and quickly fry off the grouper chunks - just enough to seal them, so that they don't disintegrate in the sauce.
Transfer the fish to your baking dish.
Put the tomatoes in the frying pan and bring to the boil - make sure you scrape off all the residue from the pan - then pour the tomatoes into the baking dish.
Add the rest of the ingredients - a few twists of black pepper and stir everything together thoroughly.
Cover and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until the fish is cooked.
Just before serving, gently stir in the yoghurt, cream or creme fraiche.
As always, you can substitute other fish fillets in these grouper fish recipes - your choice.
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