Broiled Lionfish with Garlic-Basil Butter

Another Fresh Seafood Idea

Lionfish is a tropical fish noted for its long, venomous spines. This native Pacific fish, now present in the Caribbean and the Atlantic, has long been eaten as a delicacy in the Indio-Pacific.

Lionfish is fast becoming a hot food item. This “new Bahamian culinary craze” is now on some menus in Nassau. And a fishermen’s cooperative in Jamaica, along with NEPA, community leaders, local businesses, government and the Peace Corps, is teaching the utilization of lionfish as a way to control its impact on native fishes.

The flavor of lionfish is often compared to grouper, hogfish (tropical, not our “local”), or snapper. The species from our local waters were small and flaked like small snapper. The meat is delicate, moist, mild-flavored and delicious.

We tried them fried, broiled and baked. They can also be steamed, grilled and used in soups.

  • 6 small lionfish fillets
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter, melted
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Prepare Garlic-Basil Butter and set aside.

Place fillets on lightly greased broiler pan. Brush with melted margarine. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Broil about 4 inches from heat until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 4 to 5 minutes. Serve with Garlic-Basil Butter. Serves 6.

Garlic-Basil Butter:

  • ½ cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pressed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

In small bowl, combine margarine, garlic, basil, lemon juice and salt. Allow to stand for 1 hour for flavors to develop. Spread over warm fillets.

Contributed by Joyce Taylor

One response to “Broiled Lionfish with Garlic-Basil Butter

  1. martha lewis bell

    great recipes! ms. taylor was the teacher that left the desire for wanting to know more with me. i will never forget the science project, from the egg to a chicken, shes continuing her amazing ability to teach new ways of making a meal memorable.

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