I was inspired to make this dish since our recent visit to Italy. It is a simple but delicious meal for two. My husband (the Taste Master) was impressed with my twist on the traditional pesto (which is normally made of basil, pine nuts and extra olive oil ground to a creamy texture with hard cheese such as Parmigiano-Reggiano and Pecorino added). We had this 'on the rocks' with beer and made for a delicious and wholesome meal. It goes well with a side of salad, lemon wedges or even toasted bread rolls or garlic bread.
- King Fish fillets - 2 (wt. about 225 gms each or 8 oz each) - cleaned and patted dry
- Pesto sauce
- Ground Black Peppercorn - 2 tbsp
- 6 garlic cloves - crushed in a mortar and pestle or with the back of your kitchen knife
- 2 tsp olive oil or extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp parsley leaves (chopped)
- 100 gms salted or unsalted butter at room temperature
- Salt to taste (take care if you are using salted butter)
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
Cooking Time: 15 minutes, Preparation Time: 20 minutes
1.Take the pesto sauce and mix well in a grinder with the butter. Roll the prepared herby-butter in a cling film (this can be refrigerated for at least 3-4 days in advance). I placed mine in a plastic air tight container to avoid spillage in case of power-cuts which happens often here in India (esp. in summers). Defrost before use.
2. Marinate the fish fillet with lemon juice and ground pepper and crushed garlic(you can also insert the garlic pods in the eye of the fish fillet which is the bone at the center) with salt to taste.
|King fish steak marinated and bagged|
|Layering the marinated king fish in grill pan|
4. On a skillet, add a drizzle of olive oil and place the thawed fish fillets along with its juices.
5. Turn to the oven for 2-3 minutes on each side and then add a a slice of the herby-butter (to desired thickness) on top of each fish fillet and return it to the oven until the fish is cooked and butter melted. It should take another 3-4 minutes.
6. Do not overcook or fish will return dry. Your King#1 is ready to eat!
|King Grill steak with Herby- Buttery Pesto|