Grilled Pompano Asian Style

Pompano has been described by some as the "perfect" saltwater fish, and while we all have our favorites, it's a credible claim: Pompano is mild-flavored, sweet and it has a firm texture that is definitely perfect for grilling. You could just dust your fillets with salt and olive oil and throw them on the grill, but before you fire up the barbie, check out this Asian-inspired recipe that turns a fantastic fish into an unforgettable dinner.



Whole pompano or pompano fillets

4 tbsp lime juice

2 tsp sugar

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp fish sauce




Pat the fish dry with paper towels. If cooking a whole fish, score on both sides, cutting the flesh down almost to the bones. If you’re cooking fillets, leave the skin on and make shallower incisions in the same pattern to ensure the marinade penetrates.

Rub the fish all over with salt and pour with the marinade, making sure it gets into the incisions and the cavity. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours, turning the fish often and basting it with the marinade to ensure even seasoning.

Take the fish out of the marinade and thoroughly pay it dry inside and out with paper towels. Let it air dry for 15 minutes, turning it once during this time.

Heat grill to 400ºF.

Brush both the grill rack and the fish with oil to reduce sticking. Grill the fish for about 4-5 minutes on each side. Use a wide sharp-edged spatula and slide it carefully all the way under the fish when turning.

Serve right away with fresh lime or a spicy chili-lime-ginger sauce.

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