You might know Lorena Garcia from her stint as an investor/judge on NBC’s America’s Next Great Restaurant, or from this summer’s season of Top Chef Masters. Either way, she is a leading chef in Latin cuisine who’s presence in the cooking world is continuously growing.
Today’s recipe of the week comes from her cookbook Lorena Garcia’s New Latin Classics. A fresh, light and authentic way to cook grouper, this recipe provides a fast and healthy meal that can liven up your weekly menu with a little Latin flavor.
GROUPER A LA PLANCHA with SUN-DRIED TOMATOES and SPINACH
Fish is one of my favorite fast foods. It’s healthy and cooks quickly, plus its natural ﬂavor allows it to pair with a range of diﬀerent ingredients from mild to strong. Living in Miami, I’m lucky enough to have access to pristine, just-oﬀ-the-boat, locally caught ﬁsh, but if ﬁnding good-quality, ﬁrm, and fresh-smelling ﬁsh isn’t a possibility in your area, buy frozen (ﬂash frozen is best—it maintains the texture and ﬂavor of the ﬁsh). If grouper is unavailable, switch it up with mahi mahi, snapper, or cod.
½ teaspoon of salt and the remaining
½ teaspoon of pepper and turn off the heat. Divide the spinach mixture among four plates, top with the grouper, sprinkle with the parsley, and serve.
Four 6-ounce grouper fillets1
½ teaspoons kosher salt1
½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil4 garlic cloves, very finely minced
½ shallot, very finely chopped
1/3 cup dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
¼ cup dry white wine (such aspinot grigio)2 cups spinach leaves
½ cup half-and-half
½ cup Chicken Stock (page 211) or store-bought chicken broth1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Season the grouper with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 tea-spoon of pepper and set it aside. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Place the grouper fillets in the pan and cook until browned, about 3 minutes (if you don’t want the ends of the fish to curl, use a spatula to lightly press them down). Add the garlic and shallots and then carefully slide a spatula under the fish and flip it onto the other side.
Add the sun-dried tomatoes and white wine to the pan, gently adjusting the fish so some wine gets beneath it, and then add the spinach, half-and-half, and chicken stock. Bring the sauce to a simmer and once it begins to thicken, after about 5 minutes, stir in the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt and the remaining ½ teaspoon of pepper and turn off the heat.Divide the spinach mixture among four plates, top with the grouper, sprinkle with the parsley, and serve.
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