Do you ever have food cravings? I don't normally, but lately I've really wanted fish and when I saw this recipe for citrus-garlic shrimp it sounded like I could easily adapt it for any fish. When I saw Wild perch was at a pretty good price at the grocery store so I grabbed it.
I wanted a bit more complexity of flavor than the original recipe had, so I added some dried thyme plus some salt and pepper. I wanted to keep the recipe simple so I didn't go crazy with additional ingredients.
This recipe is super easy too, just blend the marinade in a mini-food processor or blender and let it marinade for a mere 20 minutes. Don't marinate longer or your fish will start to "cook" like ceviche. After the brief marinate, I cooked it in a non-stick skillet. This is perfect for a busy week-night meal or a busy weekend meal too. While the fish marinated I prepared the side dishes, so the entire meal was done in just over 30 minutes.
I served it with steamed broccoli and Cheesy-Garlic cauliflower rice (I just added a few spoonfuls of my Cheesy-Garlic Spread to cauliflower rice. It was awesome this way!) for a meal that was better than many I've had in restaurants!
Citrus-Basil Marinated Shrimp or Fish
1 medium-small lemon, peeled and cut into chunks 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 tbsp. lime juice 4 cloves garlic, peeled 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper 4 large fresh basil leaves or to taste 1-1/2 lbs. raw shelled jumbo shrimp or boneless-skinless fish filets, I used perch Fresh basil leaves, chopped for garnish, optional
1. In a mini food processor or mini blender, combine lemon, oil, lime juice, garlic, thyme, pepper and salt; process until smooth. Add 4 basil leaves, process until finely chopped; taste and adjust basil amount.
2. Place shrimp or fish in a casserole dish or resealable plastic bag. spread with marinade. Marinate 20 minutes.
3. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add shrimp or fish with any marinade that clings to it, discarding remaining marinade; cook over shrimp 4-6 minutes, or just until the shrimp turn pink and curl, turning several time or cook fish, about 4-5 minutes per side or fish or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Garnish with chopped basil, if desired.
Nutrition Facts Serving size: 1/4 of a recipe (7 ounces).
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients. Optional ingredient is not included in the recipe nutrition data.
Amount Per Serving Calories 233.75 Total Fat 10.02g Saturated Fat 1.51g Cholesterol 107.16mg Sodium 591.46mg Potassium 427.01mg Total Carbohydrates 2.92g Fiber 0.61g Sugar 0.46g Protein 31.91g