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Oct 1, 2007 06:48 AM

Ideas for simple sauces for grilled fish?

Something to put together quickly for a weeknight dinner. I need to make plain grilled fish more interesting. Any & all suggestions most welcome...

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  1. What kind of fish? The complimentary flavors of the sauce depend on what flavors naturally occur in the fish.

    1. Are you cooking along at alll with JC cookbooks for October? I've been browsing the sauce section of MtAoFC and saw a couple of sauce recommended for fish.

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      1. re: MMRuth

        sorry, out of the loop here...Is JC Julia Child? the original Mastering?

        1. re: fauchon

          Yes - recipes from Julia Child are the October "Cookbook of the Month" - sorry for being less than clear!

          1. re: MMRuth

            Thanks ... I'll check all my JC's for ideas....

            1. re: fauchon

              i made an amazing tapenade from the chez panisse vegetable cook book. I served it with salmon. simply wonderful

              1. re: fauchon

                One that sounded tasty to me was a Sauce Batarde with capers - p. 65 of Volume one - says for boiled fish, but I think it would be good w/ grilled fish as well. On the next page are similar sauces with mustard and one with anchovies. Also, on pp. 232 - 233, she provides a list of sauces for different methods of fish preparation.

                Edit - I usually just make a little pan sauce with white wine etc., though I like to serve a mayonnaise based sauce with salmon sometimes, with fresh herbs and some lemon juice.

        2. One of the simplest, easiest, and tastiest is salmoriglio: olive oil, a few drops of lemon joice, and fresh oregano. (and for this, is really has to be fresh.) It's particularly good with swordfish.

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          1. re: sea97horse

            I was going to post this -- salmoriglio is the easiest sauce on the planet, and you can make it while the fish is grilling -- just mince a clove of garlic with some fresh oregano, add olive oil, lemon juice and a pinch of salt, and pour over the fish.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              This is what I do as well, but really, sometimes just a lovely drizzle of fresh lemon or lime juice perfectly satisfies me and compliments any fish.
              We usually grill fish or steam if for a time on top of sauteed kale.

              1. re: Gio

                me too, and a favorite, is shallots minced finely, reduce white wine add lemon juice,and whisk in butter. Add capers for an extra piquant flavor.
                Lemon + capers = good flavor.

                1. re: chef chicklet

                  Yes - heavenly... especially when the fish is freshly caught. We fished off the stern of my brother's yacht, brought the fillets home, grilled them and feasted....

                  1. re: Gio

                    Lucky you! The freshest fish ever! I did this once while fly fishing in Pecos Mountains, NM. We caught little lively mountain stream, brown trout. Not my favorite fish, but it made the trout taste awesome and as Gail Simmons would say "Memorable!

                  2. re: chef chicklet

                    that is probably my favorite light sauce for fish as well. Lemon and capers were meant to be together!

              2. re: sea97horse

                I a similar vein, I make a sauce with a clove of garlic (pureed, mortered, or very finely microplaned), a lemon, olive oil (about half the amount of the lemon juice), salt, pepper, and a sprig or two of finely minced rosemary. Goes especially well on grilled wild striped bass fillet, added to the flesh side up in the last 2-3 minutes of grilling

              3. I like to make Mango salsa ( ), goes well with firm / white fish on the grill. My other favorite is a Jalopeno sauce: Saute a minced Jalopeno in 1/2 T. of butter, off the heat, add 1/3 cup of plain yogurt (or sour cream), 1T. lime juce, salt and pepper to taste.

                1. What about a simple Meuniere Sauce? Butter, lemon juice and vinegar; very easy to make and tastes wonderful!