Fishkebabs! (Middle East Feast pt. III)

click to enlarge the marinating goodness

Ahhhh, February in Sarasota. Perfect weather for grilling. Must enjoy it while I can; next year at this time I might well be in DC or Minnesota. Can a person even get swordfish in Minnesota? What do people eat up there? Lots of cheese I imagine. And tubers.

I'm not a huge fan of swordfish steaks, but the fishmarkets here often sell the chunks leftover from cutting the steaks as "nuggets." These nuggets sell for about $4.99 a pound and they are perfect for kebabs. One of the best meals I've ever eaten was composed simply of swordfish chunks, onions, and pineapple chunks marinated in homemade teriyaki sauce and grilled on a beach on Lido Key around sunset in late summer.

Same concept here, only I added tuna chunks, two kinds of pepper, and instead of teriyaki I used a marinade of crushed coriander seeds, crushed cumin seeds, diced onion, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. I marinated it for about four hours, soaked the skewers in water, and popped the kebabs on the oiled grate of my tiny grill. Very satisfying.

This was part III of the Middle East Feast. Part IV was to be the Egyptian cous cous dessert, but while it looked purty, it wasn't really all that great, so no post.


RisaG said...

I love fish and this is a great use for those nuggets. Great idea.

Where in Sarasota??? I go there once every 2 years to visit relatives. We're coming again this summer.

Kitchen Monkey said...

Wow! That's quite a recipe collection you have Risa.
I live in northernmost Sarasota, almost in Bradenton. Definitely give me a heads up if you're coming to to town, although I'll be in France from June 8 to July 13, and by August I'll have moved somewhere (see Frittata post from a couple days ago). I have my complaints about this town, but it definitely has a lot of great restaurants and is a great town for lovers of seafood.