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Friday, July 1, 2016

Blackened Grouper Sandwiches with Honey-Lime Watercress Slaw

Blackening fish or chicken adds an extra rich layer to the dish, and it couldn’t be easier to do. The keys: a few dark, savory spices—such as black pepper, chile powder, and cumin—and quick cooking over fairly high heat with very little oil. This method provides an inviting, slightly charred outside and a moist, tender inside. 

To give the fish sandwiches a jazzy flavor balance and a little crunch, add a simple watercress and cabbage slaw tossed in a fresh, sweet-and-sour dressing. I think you’ll like the flavor combination.

Serves 2

  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 4 tsp olive oil, divided
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, plus 1 tsp
  • 1 cup coarsely torn watercress (thick stems removed)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced cabbage
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tsp finely chopped jalapeno
  • 1/2 tsp chile powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 5-oz skinless grouper filets, about 1/2-inch in thickest part
  • 2 sandwich rolls, halved and lightly toasted
  • whole-grain mustard, for serving
Slaw Ingredients 
Grouper Filets
  1. Combine the lime juice, honey, and 2 teaspoons olive oil in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Combine the watercress, cabbage, red onion, and jalapeƱo in a medium bowl. Add the dressing and toss well to combine. Cover and refrigerate while you prepare the fish.
Honey-Lime Dressing
Slaw Mixture 
Dressing Added
  1. Combine 1 teaspoon black pepper, chile powder, and cumin in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture all over the fish, coating both sides and pressing to adhere. Let stand 15 minutes.
  2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and brush with the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Season the fish with salt and sear until beginning to blacken on the bottom, 3-4 minutes. (Reduce the heat to medium if the spices begin to burn.)
  3. Turn and sear the other side until blackened and the grouper is just cooked through, 2-3 minutes longer, depending on thickness.
Blackening Spices 
Spice-Rubbed Grouper 
Fish Beginning to Cook
Blackened Grouper
To serve, spread the bottom halves of the rolls with mustard and top each with a grouper filet. Mound the slaw on top and close the sandwiches. Serve right away.

Blackened Grouper Sandwiches with Honey-Lime Watercress Slaw


  1. Holy cow these look amazing!! Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner Linky!

  2. Thanks for stopping by Peace, Love. Linkup! Hope to see you tomorrow at 6 for more sharing goodness : )