Day at The Docks. A wonderful day to celebrate our local sport fishing community. For me it was a day to help make and sell hundreds of fish taco with my friends from Catalina Offshore Products. The tacos were just a fun way to raise money for the Monarch School (at amazing place that helps to "prepare at-risk children to achieve success through the provision of an accredited education, enrichment programs, social skills training, support services and basic necessities").
But I could never just spend my time "slinging" fish tacos. I had to have some fun teaching. I was invited to do a cooking demonstration on one of the many beautiful sport fishing boats. I did a simple local corvina with a citrus butter and some sauted spinach and swiss chard. Here are the recipes.
Seared Corvina with Cirtus Butter
4 (6 oz) Corvina fish fillets, skinless
2 tbsp Peanut oil
4 tsp Ground coriander
2 tsp Garlic salt
Brush fish fillets with peanut oil.
Sprinkle fish with coriander, garlic salt and pepper.
Heat a small non-stick skillet over medium- high heat.
Add fish fillet, flesh side down to the pan.
Cook, without moving, until brown crust forms, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Flip, top fish with citrus butter and cover pan: cook for 5 minutes or until fish is just cooked through
Makes 1 cup
1 tbsp Fresh lemon juice
2 tsp Lemon zest
2 tsp Lime zest
1 tsp Orange zest
½ lb Unsalted butter, room temperature
¼ tsp Kosher salt
In a bowl stir together lemon juice, zest, butter, and salt. Roll into a log (using parchment paper) and refrigerate till cold and solid.
Sautéed Spinach and Swiss Chard
2 tbsp Olive oil
2 tbsp Shallots, sliced thin
3 cups Fresh spinach, washed tough stems remove
3 cups Swiss Chard, soaked, tough separated- (stems chopped into small pieces and leaves coarsely chopped)
¼ cup Water
1 tbsp Honey
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat; add shallots and cook about 30 second.
Add water and chard stems. Cover and reduce heat to low, cook for 5 minutes. Remove cover and add chard leaves, season with salt and pepper ;cook for 5 to 7 minutes over medium heat or until chard just starts to become tender.
Add spinach and honey, stir and cover. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until spinach is tender.
Taste for seasoning and serve.