Pecan Encrusted Grouper with Fresh Cilantro

Another Fresh Seafood Idea

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Ask most fish lovers to name a favorite species, and chances are that grouper will be on the list. There are a number of grouper, including red and gag. The recipe we’re using here can be used for any grouper species.

Grouper has white meat with a mild, unique flavor. It has large, firm, moist flakes.

Like most fish, grouper is a healthy choice. An average 3 ½ ounce serving has 92 calories and is extra lean with only 1 gram of fat. It contains more than 19 grams of protein and only 37 mg of cholesterol.

Grouper is versatile and is excellent for soups and chowders. Later in the season we’ll offer an example in a Mediterranean stew.

Here is another easy-to-prepare, delicious, good-for-you recipe.

  • 1 ½ pound grouper fillet, cut into serving size pieces
  • 3 tablespoons margarine or butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup finely chopped pecans

In small bowl, combine margarine, salt, pepper, garlic and cilantro. Brush over fish.

Sprinkle pecans over fish, pressing lightly.

Place in lightly greased baking dish and bake at 425 F until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 10 to 15 minutes. Serves 6.

Contributed by Joyce Taylor

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