Grilled Sablefish with Blueberry Jalapeño Salsa

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From Vancouver Sun article June 20, 2012

Thanks to naturally high oil content, the flesh of sablefish has velvety flakes and a rich, an almost sweet flavour. The high oil content makes sablefish a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids, necessary for human health. That rich oil content also makes the fish suitable for all sorts of cooked preparations, such as smoking, poaching, baking, steaming, or, in this case, grilling.

This Thrifty Foods recipe was created by Eric Akis.

Serves 4

Prep Time:

10 minutes

Cooking Time:

6 to 8 minutes

3/4 cup fresh blueberries
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
2 Tbsp. orange juice
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1 Tbsp. olive oil
4 (5 oz.) sablefish fillets
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Olive oil for the grill


Combine the first 8 ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate salsa until needed. Preheat barbecue or indoor grill to medium-high. Brush the sablefish with the 2 Tbsp. oil; sea-son with salt and pepper. Lightly oil the bars of the grill. Grill the fish 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until just cooked through. Plate the fish, top with salsa, and serve.


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Per Serving: About 393 calories, 19.6g protein, 32g fat (5.9g saturated), 6.2g carbohydrate, 1.1g dietary fibre, 70mg cholesterol, 82mg sodium.

%RDI: 5% calcium, 16% iron, 14% vit A, 17% vit C

Eric Akis is a food writer, food stylist and recipe developer. Before doing this, he trained to be a professional chef and pastry chef and worked for 15 years in a variety of operations, from fine hotels and restaurants to catering companies. In 2003, his experiences as a chef and writer inspired him to create the best-selling Everyone Can Cook series, which has six titles to date.

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