Grilled Mahimahi with Tomatoes Two Ways

At the market in Papeete, Tahiti, en route to Bora Bora, Jean-Georges Vongerichten found a few varieties of perfect, ripe tomatoes, which became the inspiration for this dish. He slow-roasts some of the tomatoes to concentrate their flavor, then purees the rest to make a fresh, vibrant sauce. Both showcase simply grilled mahimahi (the Hawaiian name for the spectacular greenish-blue dolphinfish), but another meaty fish like swordfish or red snapper would work equally well as a substitute.

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  • 4 large plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1 pound yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • Four 6-ounce mahimahi fillets, skinned
  • 8 small basil leaves, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 225°. Arrange the plum tomatoes and half of the cherry tomatoes cut side up on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Scatter the garlic slices on top. Turn the plum tomatoes cut side down. Bake the tomatoes for about 2 1/2 hours, or until they are shriveled, but still moist. Transfer the tomatoes to a bowl. Pull off and discard the plum tomato skins.

  2. Meanwhile, puree the remaining cherry tomatoes in a food processor. Working over a medium bowl, pass the puree through a fine mesh strainer, pressing on the solids. Stir the red wine vinegar into the tomato jus and season with salt.

  3. Light a grill or heat a grill pan. Lightly rub the mahimahi fillets with olive oil and season the fillets with salt and black pepper. Grill the mahimahi over high heat, turning once, until lightly charred and cooked through, about 8 minutes.

  4. Pour the tomato jus onto 4 plates and set the mahimahi fillets on top; spoon the roasted tomatoes alongside. Garnish with the basil leaves and serve.

Make Ahead

The roasted tomatoes and tomato jus can be refrigerated overnight.

Suggested Pairing

Mahimahi are as common off Australia's shores as they are off Bora Bora's, which is lucky, since Australian Riesling's racy citrus flavors taste so good with this dish.

Contributed By Photo © William Meppem Published May 2007

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