So how good a day is this & how blessed am I to live where I do?I was invited to go fishing with friends this morning, at the dock at 6:20 & left for our destination fishing grounds by 6:30. Lines in the water at 7:00 & the 1st Dorado (Mahi Mahi) hookup at 7.15. 15 minutes later another & 5 minutes after that I hooked what turned out to be about a 40lb Wahoo or Ono which just happens to be one of my favorite fish, both to fight & to eat. Not a monster but big enough to make us all crazy with multiple bags of fish steaks & filets to take home. After landing a couple more Dorado we moved to look for some Tuna which we were fortunate enough to find, as well as a surprise Snapper. On the day we also managed to catch a Bonita & Trigger fish but they don`t really count as much in the meat category, just side line entertainment. Needless to say what was coming was a true seafood feast. With part of the Tuna I prepared ¨Hawaiian Style¨ Ahi Tuna Poke (recipe here). It`s always a treat!
The Snapper I left intact & made Whole Roasted Snapper (here) which is probably the easiest, most foolproof & tastiest preparation I know.
Now let`s get back to the Wahoo & the focus of this simple man`s plan to better eating today. What I have for you is Grilled Wahoo (Ono) al Mojo de Ajo. Mojo de Ajo really means bathed in garlic butter when you get right down to it & is a go to sauce for any type of fish, shellfish or even chicken. I mean come on, how can you go wrong! I finished my sauce with a good hit of fresh lime juice & then garnished with fresh cilantro to brighten up & compliment the flavors. It was nothing less than awesome, super easy & fast!!
A quick note but Wahoo (Ono) is am perfect fish for the grill. In steaks or filets it`s a very ¨meaty¨ fish & holds up fantasticly without the need of a fish basket or other piece of bbq equipment. The only word of caution is DON`T OVERCOOK IT or it can tend to dry out.
Here`s all you`ll need for your Grilled Wahoo (Ono) al Mojo de Ajo:
Wahoo Steaks or Filets- 4 6-8 oz pieces.
Butter- 1/4 cup
Garlic- 4-5 cloves peeled & minced
Lime- 1 large or 2 small juiced
Cilantro- 2-3 Tablespoons finely chopped
S & P
Vegetable OilA quick look at the stars. This is so stupid easy but so freaking delicious.
Get your grill going. What we`re looking for is medium high – high heat. Moisten a paper towel with a bit of vegetable oil & give the grill grates a quick rub. This will help prevent the fish from sticking. Season your steaks or filets with a little salt & pepper & get them on the bbq. Now, very important, PLEASE DON`T OVERCOOK your fish or it can become dried out. 6-8 minutes TOTAL for each inch of thickness or 3-4 minutes per side.
When the fish is finished remove to a plate & cover with foil to keep warm.
For your Mojo de Ajo sauce add the butter to a skillet over low heat & add the garlic. We`re looking to toast the garlic in the butter so do it slowly. About 5 minutes until you have a nice golden color to the garlic. Turn off the heat add the lime juice & give the pan a little swirl. That`s it, all there is to it. I told you this was easy!
Plate the fish, spoon some sauce over the top & garnish with some chopped cilantro! Dinner is served!
Enjoy your Grilled Wahoo (Ono) al Mojo de Ajo. Seriously, it doesn`t get much simpler or much better!