Grilled Fish With a Sun-Dried Basil Tomato Butter

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“A quick, easy dinner. Make the butter for this ahead of time and then just a quick marinate - grill - and serve. I love this with salmon, grouper, or halibut. The marinade is a bit strong for a mild, tender fish such as flounder or tilapia, but the butter is wonderful. Both the marinade and butter works great on chicken, pork and even steak. When using these proteins, I do marinate a bit longer as they need a bit more time to soak in the flavors. Thirty (30) minutes to 1 hour. Serve this with fresh roasted spaghetti squash and a green salad.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 fish fillets (you can use salmon, halibut, grouper, any similar fish)
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • nonstick cooking spray, to cook the fish in
  • Sundried Tomato Basil Butter
  • 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, fine chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, fine chopped
  • 12 cup butter, room temperature (unsalted)
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, minced
  • 12 teaspoon minced garlic


  1. Butter -- Mix the butter, tomatoes, basil, and shallots together in a small bowl, cover and refrigerate. This can easily be done ahead.
  2. Fish and Marinade -- Remove the fish from the refrigerator and set on the counter in a small dish. Mix the olive oil, vinegar, and Italian seasoning together in a small bowl and brush on both sides of the fish. Let the fish marinate for 15-20 minutes. This will also let the fish come to room temperature before you cook it.
  3. Fish -- I prefer to grill this dish. Inside or outside. But you can also pan sear and even broil. Make sure to season the fish well on both sides with salt and pepper before cooking. Use whichever method you prefer. I lightly oiled my grill pan just with a non stick spray and grill on both sides until golden brown and firm to the touch. I can't give exact cooking times, because each type of fish will be different. You want it opaque, firm and flaky but just once it gets to that point. Fish should not be overcooked.
  4. Serve -- Top each fillet with a spoon of the chilled butter. It will melt and give the fish an amazing flavor.
  5. Quick cooking couscous and pan seared fresh spinach makes this a 15 minute healthy meal. And don't forget - this is great over steak, chicken or pork. The only difference is - you need to marinate it for a much longer period.
  6. ENJOY!

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