Marlin! Not just a professional baseball team it seems. We had some marlin steaks the other night and before I could figure out how to cook it, I had to figure out what "it" was. This saltwater white fish is similar to swordfish, just sliiightly tougher. It's best served grilled or fried but in an attempt to keep things a tad healthier, I found a recipe that involved baking. As a general rule of thumb, baking time is 10 minutes per inch thickness (so 5 minutes/side for a 1 inch thick piece). Don't overcook or you'll end up with a dry, tasteless, sad little fishy! I tweaked this Greek marlin recipe (found here) to make my own delicious concoction.
What you need:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 tomatoes, cubed
- 4 oz chopped fresh basil
- 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1 tbsp minced garlic, divided
- 1 tbsp feta cheese
- 2 (6 oz) Marlin steaks
What to do:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Place 1/4 cup butter and 1/2 tbsp garlic in a medium pot, over medium-low heat. When the butter is melted, stir in the tomatoes, basil, and lime juice. Just before the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low. Toss in feta cheese about a minute before serving.
- In a small pot, melt the remaining butter, and mix in remaining garlic.
- Arrange the marlin steaks in a baking pan, and drizzle with the butter and garlic mixture from the small pot.
- Bake the fish for 7 minutes in the preheated oven. Turn fish, and continue baking 7 minutes, or until easily flaked with a fork. Spoon the tomato mixture over the fish to serve.
|buttery garlicky tomatoey goodness|
|serve with your favourite veggies|
This fish was so flaky and tender, and the greek topping was perfect - light and flavourful, with a hint of saltiness from the feta. Next time I'd add black olives to the mix and make it a full-on greek style...Opa!