Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Heather Chadduck
Total Time
35 Mins
Serves 4

Any firm, mild fish is delicious cooked this way. Grilling the delicate fillet on foil keeps it from sticking to the grates. As for a wine pairing, try it with something that's crisp, but fruity like Sauvignon Blanc.

How to Make It

Step 1

Toast chiles in a dry frying pan over medium heat until fragrant. Put in a small bowl, cover with warm water, and soak 10 minutes. Drain and coarsely chop.

Step 2

While chiles soak, heat a grill to medium (350° to 400°). Tear two or four pieces of aluminum foil, each slightly larger than the fillet that will sit on it. Using a toothpick, poke holes 2 in. apart on foil. Rub fish all over with oil, season with salt and pepper, and set on foil sheets.

Step 3

Beat butter with a mixer until pale and fluffy. Add chiles, garlic, and cilantro.

Step 4

Grill fish on foil (close lid on gas grill) until firm and bouncy when poked, 8 to 10 minutes. (Or, cut to check; fish should be just opaque throughout.)

Step 5

Transfer fish to a platter. Immediately spoon about 1 tbsp. chile butter onto each small fillet or 2 tbsp. onto large ones. Season with a squeeze of lemon juice.

Step 6

*Both of these chiles are mild and fruity, but anchos are slightly hotter. If you're using guajillos and want your sauce to be a bit spicier, leave the seeds in one of the chiles.

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