Crisp Chatham Bluefish with Maque Choux

Crisp Chatham Bluefish with Maque ChouxRecipe
Photo: John Autry; Styling: Mindi Shapiro
Although bluefish are available from the southern Atlantic during cooler months, they're a summer delicacy off the coast of Massachusetts. Substitute fresh Spanish mackerel if you can't find bluefish.


6 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 481
Fat 18.7 g
Satfat 5.4 g
Monofat 7 g
Polyfat 3.3 g
Protein 36.4 g
Carbohydrate 40.5 g
Fiber 4.6 g
Cholesterol 107 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 636 mg
Calcium 35 mg


3 tablespoons butter
1 cup finely chopped sweet onion
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
3 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeño pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
3 cups fresh corn kernels (about 6 ears)
1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
1 1/2 cups chopped seeded peeled tomato
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
Dash of ground red pepper
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
6 (6-ounce) bluefish fillets, skin-on
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat; add onion, bell pepper, celery, jalapeño, and garlic to pan. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add corn and paprika; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add tomato; cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in basil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and red pepper.

2. Heat a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle fillets evenly with remaining 1 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Add 3 fillets to pan, skin side down; sauté 3 minutes or until skin is crisp. Turn fillets over; sauté 3 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from pan; keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and fillets. Spoon about 2/3 cup corn mixture onto each of 6 plates; top each serving with 1 fillet.