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Moonlight Beachside BBQ

February 24, 2011

Tropical.  Moonlight.  Beachside.  Fresh fish BBQ.  Delicious.

On my weeklong vacation to Puerto Rico, I did not expect to be grilling fresh fish beachside, but wow am I glad we did.  So, the recipe begins with a deep sea fishing trip.  Several hours & Medallas later, a couple Barracudas (donated to the locals) & Kingfish were caught, and so the boys consider the trip a success.   Captain Jesus (best pronounced ‘Hay-zeus’) cut up one of the Kingfish into steaks for us to keep & cook.  But where to cook & how…

So we end up at Walmart buying all the essentials (who knew you could buy a mini grill for $10?).  Unfortunately, a downpour of rain welcomed us around dinner time, so our beachside BBQ was delayed.  Fortunately, that allowed us to test out a couple steaks (porch-side) for flavor & cook time.  And it got us all quite excited for the next night’s moonlight beachside BBQ.

The menu was simple:  (pre-made) Mofongo, fresh bread from the local bakery down the road from the resort, Kingfish, s’mores (not sure how that ended up on the menu but I’m glad it did) & cocktails.  Everyone was involved in the menu, which made the recipe & evening even better.  Blake was definitely sous chef, Ryan (okay, and Matt) were stand in photographers, Jill sliced lemons & John John was responsible for brining the fish & preparing the bread.  We made quite a team.  We agreed that almost any variety of fish could be substituted for this recipe (as it is so simple, especially if you catch the fish yourself!).  A little olive oil & butter, garlic salt & pepper topped with fresh lemon slices complete the recipe.

Maybe it was the cocktails or that we were all just really hungry;  maybe it was cooking fresh fish we caught ourselves or just being with good friends on vacation…whatever the reason, it was surely a menu & a night we will all remember.


6 Kingfish steaks (recommend brining fish 1 day in advance)
3 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp garlic salt, to taste
1 tbsp black pepper
2 tbsp butter
3 lemons, sliced


  • Remove bones from center of fish steaks.
  • On both sides of each fish steak, lightly sprinkle garlic salt, pepper & olive oil.  Add a dollop of butter and place 2 lemon slices on top of fish; cover tightly with foil.
  • Over high heat, grill fish for 10 – 12 min or until cooked through, flipping once halfway.

Enjoy, with friends…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Julie permalink
    February 25, 2011 9:00 am

    I am so jealous I can barely stand it.


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