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Key West Margarita Grouper

Key West Margarita GrouperRecipe courtesy of Florida Agriculture Bureau of Seafood and Aquaculture.

Recipe Ingredients:

4 (6-ounce) Florida grouper fillets

1/3 cup tequila
1/2 cup orange liqueur
3/4 cup fresh Florida lime juice
1 teaspoon salt
3 cloves Florida garlic, peeled and chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil

3 medium Florida tomatoes, diced
1 medium Florida onion,chopped
1 small Florida jalapeño, seeded and minced
4 tablespoons chopped fresh Florida cilantro
1 pinch granulated sugar
Salt to taste

1 tablespoon olive oil
Ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions:

  1. Place fillets in a shallow baking dish.
  2. For Marinade: In a bowl, stir together the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, 1 teaspoon salt, garlic, and olive oil. Reserve 1/2 cup marinade and set aside.
  3. Pour remaining marinade over fillets; cover and refrigerate for 1/2 hour turning the fillets once.
  4. For Salsa: Combine the tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and sugar in a medium bowl; season to taste with salt and set aside.
  5. Preheat the grill on medium-high heat.
  6. Remove fillets from marinade, brush tops with oil and season with black pepper.
  7. Grill fillets for 4 to 5 minutes per side until center is opaque and meat flakes easily with a fork. Transfer fillets to serving plates.
  8. In a small saucepan, heat reserved 1/2 cup marinade to a simmer; remove from heat.
  9. Drizzle warm marinade over the fillets and serve with salsa.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 508; Calories From Fat: 185; Total Fat: 20g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 95mg; Total Carbs: 14g; Protein: 52g.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of Florida Agriculture Bureau of Seafood and Aquaculture.