Best Grouper Recipes
Steamed Grouper with Martini Relish and Sour Orange Sauce
When it comes to eating well, star chef Bobby Flay champions the tried-and-true method of cooking fish in parchment. Flay swears that it's not only a foolproof method, but it also yields the perfect steamed piece of fish. He likes serving the grouper with a quick and punchy citrus sauce and a briny "martini" relish made with olives.
Crispy Grouper Sandwiches with Green Tomato–Cucumber Relish
“Every seafood joint along the Gulf Coast has its own version of the grouper sandwich,” says chef John Besh. For his take on the sandwich, he tops the crispy fish with a tangy relish and a drippy ranch-style sauce studded with charred jalapeños. If you’re planning on catching the grouper yourself, Besh recommends icing the fish for a day before cooking. “This will allow the flesh to rest and become a bit less firm and much more tender and flaky.”
Grouper with Cucumber Salad and Soy-Mustard Dressing
Pan-Roasted Grouper with Tomato and Butter Bean Salad
This dish is all about my home state," Hopkins says. The grouper represents the coast, while the creamy butter beans, tomato and dill exemplify the seasonal bounty. "It's Georgia on a plate.
Grouper with Corn "Pudding" and Collard Greens
Bryan Caswell's method for making his version of corn pudding is brilliant in its simplicity: He grates corn on the cob, places it in a hot skillet and bakes it. As the corn cooks, it turns creamy in the middle and crusty on the edges. Caswell's tip: "Be sure to bear down on the cob a bit when grating to extract all the juices in the kernels."
Grouper with Jicama and Black Bean Sauce
This dish was inspired by the delicious local grouper Jacques Pepin picks up at the beach when the fishermen return with their catch. Here, the skinned fillets are steamed over a bed of simmering local vegetables, including a dice of juicy jicama, which Jacques usually adds raw to salads for a cool crunch.