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Opah (also known as moonfish) can be substituted for salmon in recipes, I discovered after some research. It’s an oily, mild-tasting fish that can be found at a local fishmonger. You can find me grilling year-round. Whenever I can get my hands on fresh fish, it’s going on the grill.
- 2 pounds opah (moonfish) steaks
- 1 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Rinse fish under cold water. Combine orange juice and olive oil and marinate the rinsed fish in this mixture for no more than 30 minutes.
Preheat a grill to high heat. Combine the brown sugar, paprika, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Remove fish from the marinade; pat dry with paper towels. Rub the seasoning on both sides of each fish steak. Grill the opah on high for 5 minutes each side, no more. Flip only once. Do not overcook good fish, otherwise it will turn rubbery and chewy. This recipe will yield a sweet-rubbed fish that is not too flaky and makes for amazing pictures (and taste, duh).
Serves 5. Enjoy.