Butter Browned Tilefish
They're big — up to four feet long — old (up to 40 years) and extremely tasty. The Golden Tilefish was unknown to science until a Cape Cod trawler snagged some off the bottom near Nantucket back in 1879. Now that we know, these things are as prized as a Leprechaun's coveted pot and for good reason: Their diet of shellfish makes them mild, tender and sweet. The best way to prepare them is simply: brown some butter, garlic and lemon and cook them for about 2 minutes per side. Baste them with the browned butter and serve with scattered scallions.
2 medium tilefish fillets, skinned, deboned & patted dry
Freshly ground black pepper
2+ Tbs. unsalted butter
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 whole clove garlic, peeled
1 lemon, zested
2 Tbs. chopped scallions or chives
Lightly sprinkle each fillet with salt & pepper.
Heat butter, red pepper flakes and garlic in a non-stick skillet over low/medium heat.
After a couple of minutes, once the garlic starts to turn brown, remove it from pan.
Increase heat to medium. Add fillets and cook 1-2 minutes to brown the first side, then flip each fillet and spoon the butter over each piece.
Cover pan lightly for about 1 minute.
Remove cover then spoon butter over each fillet. Keep spooning 1-2 minutes (depending on thickness of your fillets) until they achieve a roasted look.
Turn off heat and remove from pan.
Sprinkle with lemon zest, lemon juice and scallions/chives before serving.
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