Summer time typically means outdoors and grilling, at least in our household. There’s nothing more manly than standing over a grill cooking and enjoying an ice cold beer. I came across this recipe at www.eatingwell.com, a site dedicated to healthy eating and recipes. Redfish is my favorite fish to catch, so hopefully this grilled redfish with andouille & shrimp couche couche will be a hit on your next summer cookout.
New Orleans chef Chuck Subra turns couche couche, a Cajun breakfast food where a cornmeal batter is cooked in oil until browned, into a savory stuffing for grilled redfish. If you prefer not to make cornbread from scratch, use 4 cups diced prepared cornbread.
- 3/4 cup cornmeal
- 3/4 cup white whole-wheat flour or all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup reduced-fat milk
1 large egg
1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 8 ounces peeled, deveined raw shrimp (40-50 count)
- 1/2 cup diced andouille sausage or tasso ham
- 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
- 1/2 cup lager beer
- 1/2 cup seafood stock
Butter Sauce & Fish
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons hot sauce
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 pounds redfish, striped bass or drumfish fillets, skin on
- To prepare cornbread: Preheat oven to 350°F; coat an 8-inch-square metal baking pan with cooking spray.
- Whisk cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Whisk milk, egg and oil in a small bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Pour into the prepared pan.
- Bake the cornbread until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a knife along the edges of the pan to loosen the sides and turn out onto the rack. Let cool while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
- Reduce oven temperature to 200°.
- To prepare couche couche: Break the cornbread into 1-inch pieces. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and sausage (or ham) and cook, stirring, until the shrimp are three-quarters cooked and pink in spots, 30 seconds to 1 1/2 minutes. Add Cajun seasoning and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds more. Add beer and stock and bring to a simmer. Add the cornbread and cook, stirring gently, until it absorbs all the liquid and is heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; keep warm in the oven while you prepare the butter sauce and grill the fish.
- Preheat grill to medium-high.
- To prepare butter sauce & fish: Stir butter, oil, Cajun seasoning, lemon juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire and garlic in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on Medium just until the butter is melted, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Oil the grill rack. Grill fish, skin-side down, basting every 4 minutes with the butter sauce, until cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve the fish with the couche couche.
Tips & Notes
- Make Ahead Tip: Prepare cornbread (Steps 1-3), and store airtight at room temperature for up to 2 days.
- Tip: Grill rack, how to oil: Oiling a grill rack before you grill foods helps ensure that the food won’t stick. Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.) When grilling delicate foods like tofu and fish, it is helpful to coat the food with cooking spray.
- Fish on foil: Fish that flakes easily requires a delicate touch to flip on the grill. If you want to skip turning it over when grilling, measure a piece of foil large enough to hold the fish and coat it with cooking spray. Grill the fish on the foil (without turning) until it flakes easily and reaches an internal temperature of 145°F.