Grilled Fish with Citrus Pearl Sauce
- ACTIVE: 20 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN
- SERVINGS: 4
When you peel citrus fruit and remove the membranes, then break up the sections, you end up with juicy, translucent "pearls." This sweet and tart sauce gets a flavor boost by using both the pearls and juice.
- 2 navel oranges
- 1 large grapefruit
- 1 lime
- Four 6-ounce pompano, Spanish mackerel or halibut fillets, skin removed
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter
- Using a sharp knife, peel 1 of the oranges, removing all of the bitter white pith, then cut in between the membranes to release the sections. Using a fork, gently break up the sections into pearls; you will need 2 tablespoons. Repeat with 2 sections of the grapefruit to yield 2 tablespoons of pearls, and with the lime to yield 1 tablespoon of pearls. Juice the remaining orange and grapefruit to yield 1/2 cup each of juice.
- In a small skillet, simmer the orange and grapefruit juices over moderately high heat until reduced by half, about 10 minutes.
- Light a grill. Brush the fish with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over a hot fire until just cooked through, 3 minutes per side for pompano or mackerel, 5 minutes for halibut. Transfer to plates.
- Bring the reduced juice to a boil and add the citrus pearls. Remove from the heat and whisk in the 1 tablespoon of olive oil, then the butter. Season with salt. Spoon over the fish and serve.
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