Before I jump into this recipe, though, let me just brag a little bit...
And now, back to our regularly scheduled recipe for this post. ;)
I found this recipe in a local HyVee flyer that was advertising a sale on blue marlin, which I've never had before. I've decided that I really, really like it--it has a dense, meaty texture, and a light, not-very-fishy flavor. I have also read that this fish is very high protein but also very low in fat, which makes it an excellent lean protein source--and a nice change from all the chicken breasts and tilapia I've been eating! The vinaigrette is excellent, too, and I think it would also be good on chicken, pork, and/or tilapia. Possibly even in a quinoa salad.
Grilled Blue Marlin with Apple Lime Vinaigrette (from the July 2012 HyVee sale flyer)
4 pieces blue marlin fillets
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup apple juice
1 tsp chopped parsley
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp sugar or 1/2 tbsp splenda (or 1/3 tbsp stevia--which is what I did)
1 large granny smith apple, peeled, cored, seeded and diced
2 tbsp bacon bits, finely chopped and divided in two
Preheat outside grill to medium-high heat. Let fish stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.
In a blender or food processor, blend the apple, parsley, lime juice, apple juice, vinegar, 1 tbsp bacon bits, and sugar/sweetener. Slowly add olive oil and blend for 1 minute. Add remaining bacon bits and stir (not blend).
Lightly brush marlin filets on each side with vinaigrette and place on grill. Grill for 3 minutes per side. Fish will begin to slightly flake when done. Fish should reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Do not overcook.
Place fish onto plates and drizzle with additional vinaigrette. Can be served with grilled pineapple as garnish.
4 oz blue marlin:
Calories: 175.6 Fat: 5.3g Chol: 55.9 Sod: 130.3mg Carbs: 0 Fiber: 0 Protein: 29.3
2 Tbsp serving Apple Lime Vinaigrette (guesstimating based on making about 1.5cups for a total of 10 servings):
Calories: 68 Fat: 6g Chol: 1.6 Sod: 0.7mg Carbs: 3.7 Fiber: 0.5 Protein: 0.4 Sugars: 3.1