Before I start, I have to make a confession. When I first made this dish, I used orange roughy. Lesley and I were in Florida, and the word “orange” in a type seemed appropriate for our Florida NHN meal. I also have never had it, so it fit nicely in our framework of trying out a food we have never made.
I didn’t know, however, that the orange roughy population suffers from overfishing. The orange roughy doesn’t mature until it is 20 years old, making the fishing of them not sustainable. It was unbelievably delicious, but unfortunately, I won’t be cooking it again. I did try this recipe on cod when we came home, and it was just as good.
The fish selection faux pas aside, we had a wonderful dinner in our temporary Florida home. As with all of the days, we spent our day adventuring and at the beach, which brought us home at a later than normal dinnertime. The kids ate their meals quickly and went off to play. I made a side of the Lemon Orzo that we had with our Grilled Cod with Lemon Butter but due to unfamiliarity with the stove, it didn’t turn out as well. Nonetheless, Lesley and I actually spent our meal in silence for once, enjoying each and every bite.
We finished the meal with a store-bought key lime pie, a new favorite of the girls. A friend of mine directed us to a local restaurant called Frenchy‘s that specialized in grouper sandwiches, another new fish that we tried this vacation. While we thought the excitement over the grouper sandwich, crab soup, and garlic crab fries was the pinnacle of the experience, nothing matched the excitement of the girls discovering key lime pie. While the Publix-made pie wasn’t Frenchy’s, it was still delicious and rounded out the meal nicely.
- 2 lbs white fish (cod, hack, polluck, etc)
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1/3 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp thyme
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp white cooking wine
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Combine mayonnaise, cooking wine, and olive oil. Mix well.
- Add pepper, garlic powder, and thyme.
- Coat the white fish on both sides with the mixture.
- Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees.