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With the summer getting into some of the hottest temperatures we have seen all year, keeping your kitchen cool while cooking delicious meals is even more crucial – and this week’s Direct Your Dining recipe does just that! This fast, easy fish recipe is delicious, light, and refreshing while keeping your electricity bill down. The honey chipotle barbecue sauce used for the fish is easy to make – requiring only a few ingredients and a couple minutes on the stove.
The two types of fish I used today are sockeye salmon and rainbow trout. These are excellent choices for this recipe because they cook extremely fast! Seafood is always a great protein choice for low energy use recipes because it cooks quickly. It is also relatively healthy and both of these types of fish are moist, tender, and budget friendly. Check out the seafood counter at your local grocery store and choose any fish you like that fits your budget. Even catfish, Mahi Mahi, or red snapper would be delicious in this recipe!
The topping for the fish is a no energy required fruit salsa that comes together very fast with the use of store bought Pico de gallo. You can definitely go ahead and make your Pico de gallo at home using fresh tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapenos, lime juice, salt, and pepper, but the cost to buy Pico premade will be about the same as to buy the ingredients to make it, and the store bought choice will save a lot of prep time.
I like to use watermelon and delicious in season Rainer cherries to pair with this recipe because it makes it a very summery, light topping. The Rainer cherries are hard to find any other time of year so go ahead and use them while you can! You can also use Bing cherries or any other kind you can find in the fruit section. If you prefer other melons, go ahead and swap them with the watermelon. This tastes great with cantaloupe as well. Pair this recipe with a side salad and you have a fresh and low energy use recipe perfect for a summertime meal!
Honey Chipotle BBQ Fish with Fruit Salsa
BBQ Fish Ingredients:
- 4-5 Fish Fillets (3 sockeye salmon and 2 rainbow trout shown)
- ¼ c. Barbecue sauce (regular, not flavored)
- 1 tbsp. Adobo sauce (from chipotles in adobo can)
- 1 tbsp. Local honey
- 1 tbsp. Chopped cilantro
- ½ tbsp. Fresh lime juice
- 3 tbsp. Fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Sea salt and Fresh ground black peppercorns to season fish
- 1 tbsp. Safflower oil (or canola oil)
Fruit Salsa Ingredients:
- 1 c. Diced seedless watermelon
- 1 c. Diced Rainer cherries
- 1 c. Pico de gallo
- ¼ c. Fresh chopped cilantro
- ½ tsp. Sea salt
- ¼ tsp. Fresh cracked black peppercorns
- ¼ Fresh lime’s juice
1) Mix the cilantro, adobo sauce, barbecue sauce, lime juice, and honey together to make the sauce and set aside.
2) Lightly season each piece of fish with the salt and pepper as shown. Do not over salt the fish (just a pinch sprinkle on each side, less than 1/8 tsp. each).
3) Heat a large, oven safe pan (preferably nonstick) over medium high heat for 2 minutes. Add a little bit of the safflower (or canola) oil in to the pan where each fish piece will sit and place the fish in flesh side down first. Cook 2 minutes on that side.
4) Flip the fish over to the skin side down and continue to sear the fish for 2 minutes on this side.
5) Turn the heat off, spoon the barbecue sauce mixture over each piece of fish, and place the pan in the oven under the broiler on high for 3-4 minutes until bubbling and fully cooked.
6) To prepare the salsa topping, combine all the listed ingredients, mix, and spoon over the finished fish.
You can pair this light, summer meal with any of our salad recipes for even more energy savings!
Check back in every week for more Direct Your Dining recipes to help reduce your energy use in the kitchen while getting creative with delicious dishes!
Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan