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Grilled Bluefish with SMOKED Cantaloupe!!!!

post #1 of 18
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Hi Sweet Smoky Cookies, and happy Wednesday to YOU!!!!


Bluefish is one of my favorites!


And if making bluefish Pâté, I do love to do that SMOKED...  




But if eating the fish in its whole form, I prefer it GRILLED. (I love the skin)!!!


And so, today's "smoked fruit" & "grilled fish" dinner, went as follows. Please Enjoy!



I sliced up some cantaloupe that I did want to use up!



And added some white little mushrooms, and shitake mushrooms, into a perforated grill pan that was first sprayed with an olive oil spray can...



I fired up the little tiny grill with natural charcoal...



And lit the little tiny gas smoker with pistachio shells being used instead of smoking chips...




And let that combo smoke for 10 minutes...



Meanwhile, I sprayed a piece of bluefish with that same "olive oil spray can," (after having first taken a nice piece off and given it to my dogs)...



Chopped up a red onion to use up...



And some Boston Bib lettuce mixed with mesculin greens...



and some tomato...




and whisked some balsamic with my Tunisian olive oil (and you can buy that oil at WALMART - who knew)???



And the smoked stuff came off; and may I just say, as I did a while back in another thread with my smoked cantaloupe, that SMOKED CANTALOUPE does smell just like some butterscotch!!!!







Meanwhile, it was a little bit of a production today with the little trusty grill.


4 minutes with the flesh DOWN was my start...


and then fire wasn't coming well, and so I did 10 minutes with the skin down...


and then 4 minutes again with the flesh down...


a little odd, although it was indeed saved and fantastic!







The skin was SENSATIONAL and the fish was still soft!!!


I added pink Himalayan sea salt and black pepper to it all, and too, that oil and balsamic mixture plus MORE OIL!


(I use A LOT of olive oil daily, and will refrain from revealing "how much" as not to scare anyone)...







So simple, so healthful, and yet so fun too - smoked mushroom texture and butterscotch fruit essence...








I loved this dinner!




Thank you for being a wonderful part of my "today!"


Cheers!!!!!! - Leah

post #2 of 18
Looks real good, Leah!
I love bluefish.

post #3 of 18
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Thank you Martin!!! 


An underated fish yet a delicious one!


Happy April to YOU!


Thanks for nice words!!!


Cheers! - Leah

post #4 of 18

My what a great plate. The melon would add a wonderful luxurious texture to the dish. Well done again.



post #5 of 18
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Thank you tons Disco!!!


I don't like to waste (and know you share that fancy too) nor throw even one morsel of food out; and so smoking fruit has become a real joy!!


Happy midweek reverie!!!


Cheers! - Leah

post #6 of 18
Looks awesome as usual Leah. Nice job. I am DEFINITELY trying the cantelope next chance I get. Handymanstan did smoked watermelon sprinkled with a little cinnimon at the Michigan Members gathering last summer and it was a surprise hit, so I bet the cantelop will be awesome too. ESPECIALLY if it smells like butterscotch!
post #7 of 18
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Hey thanks Humdinger!!


And I have never had smoked watermelon!!! How fun! That event in itself must have been a blast!


Yes, the smoked cantaloupe is great and yet the AROMA is really what's special!!!!


Thanks tons!!!


Cheers!!! - Leah

post #8 of 18

That whole thing looks Awesome!!!---------------:points:



I like my Blues Smoked, but the fresh ones I used to get were pretty big, and big ones are a lot stronger & more oily than smaller ones, like Trout, and seem to need smoking.


Don't forget, if you get a lot of left over cantaloupe, you can make that drink I showed you here--- if it isn't a very ripe one.


Hmmmm, got me thinking now---Smoke it, then blend it ????




post #9 of 18

Your bluefish presentation looks absolutely wonderful as usual Leah but here is how I prepare mine in post #2



post #10 of 18
Yet again another beautiful plate of food!! Next time I get out fishing I'll keep the bluefish and try them on the grill or maybe smoked. You always have great meals I'd like to try. Thanks.
post #11 of 18
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Bear!!! Thank you so much and I am so glad you sent that link as I had LOVED your cantaloupe drink idea and now must do it the next time I have that fruit!!! Thank you, thank you! You have the best creations!!!!!! And the huge Blues sounds SOOOO good! (Especially the skin)!!


And then Boykjo!!! Your plank stuff too - your link being fabulous - sounds just amazing! Thank you for sharing (and thanks for nice words too on mine) but I just love when people share what they have done and thank you both!!!


Isn't bluefish just delicious????


Second to Cobia fish, Bluefish is my next favorite as far as fish!!!


Thanks for your comments!!!!!


Cheers!!!!! And happy April!!!!!! - Leah

post #12 of 18
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Oh and Brooksy!!! (Your note slipped in while I was typing and I just saw it now). Thank you very much!!!


That you can fish and get bluefish??? Oh my God, would I love THAT instead of the store!!!! How fantastic!!!


Cheers to you and many thanks!!! - Leah

post #13 of 18

Looks amazing Leah !  I really love cantaloupe, so that really made my mouth water! 

post #14 of 18
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Thank you so much Mark!!!


Now once moved there, am I still going to find bluefish or should I prepare to switch to something else?


From what "the other South Carolina Mark" (must be the whole state is Mark - right) said, there's lots of mackerel and plenty things I love, and so either way, I am beyond excited!!!


Meanwhile, when it comes to cantaloupe, you have got to see Bear's fabulous drink! (He put a link in a post here, just a few messages back from yours). That sounded like the best cantaloupe usage I've ever heard of! But yes, today's smoked slices were really good too!!!


Thank you tons!!!


Cheers!!! - Leah

post #15 of 18

I'm not a fish person, generally, so don't frequent the fish markets that often, unless I'm going for shrimp or oysters (Yum, my favorite!), but I feel pretty certain you can find it. You find mostly the fresh catches, such as flounder, mackerel, snapper, grouper, mahi, etc. Plus, down Beaufort way, the shrimping is plentiful. So you will be in luck if you like shellfish.





post #16 of 18
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That sounds perfect Mark!!! I'm very excited!!! Thank you for that info. It all helps indeed!!!! Cheers!!!! - Leah

post #17 of 18

Looks good, never seen or tasted bluefish, but I bet yours is good.

post #18 of 18
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Thank you Foamheart!!


I really love bluefish and one of my dogs will actually cry & howl for it whenever it's being plated, (and more than he would for steak even)!


I suppose that's a pretty good advertisement, right?


Happy Friday!!! Cheers! - Leah

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