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Grilled Apple-Smoked Striped Bass

Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield 8 servings (serving size: 5 ounces)
The key to this simple dish, which earned our Test Kitchen's highest rating, is high quality fresh fish. It's served in many of the open-air restaurants of Benin's major city, Cotonou, and is always grilled over a wood fire. Wood chips infuse a similar smoky flavor. You can substitute red snapper, which cooks in about 8 minutes. A fish basket works great, but a perforated sheet of aluminum foil will also let you easily remove the fish from the grill.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup apple wood chips
  • 2 dried habanero chiles
  • 1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (3-pound) striped bass fillet (about 1 inch thick)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced

Nutrition Information

  • calories 229
  • caloriesfromfat 24 %
  • fat 6.1 g
  • satfat 1.4 g
  • monofat 1.7 g
  • polyfat 2.2 g
  • protein 40.3 g
  • carbohydrate 0.8 g
  • fiber 0.1 g
  • cholesterol 90 mg
  • iron 0.7 mg
  • sodium 442 mg
  • calcium 30 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cover apple wood chips with water, and soak for 1 hour. Drain well.

  2. Place chiles in a spice or coffee grinder; process until finely ground. Place 1/8 teaspoon ground chile in a small bowl (reserve remaining ground chile for another use). Add oil, salt, and black pepper, stirring to combine. Rub spice mixture over fish; refrigerate 30 minutes.

  3. Prepare grill.

  4. Place wood chips on hot coals. Coat a large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil with cooking spray; pierce foil several times with a fork. Place foil on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Place fish on foil; arrange lemon slices over fish. Grill 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

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