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Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Lactose
Avoid this recipe if you are lactose intolerant.

Sodium
This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.

 

"Life is like a grapefruit. Well, it's sort of orangy-yellow and dimpled on the outside, wet and squidgy in the middle. It's got pips inside, too. Oh, and some people have a half a one for breakfast."
-Douglas Adams, Author

The refrigerator light goes on...

I have been thinking about this sauce for a long time. I wanted to capture the brightness of citrus but make the sauce as simple and fresh as possible. One secret for me was to cook the grapefruit with the lime zest only until it was lightly caramelized.

The second step was to add the fresh herbs and not really cook them but just blend them in so they scent the sauce. You could make other choices – basil, thyme or even rosemary. This is one recipe where the herbs must be fresh.

The sauce is a little tart, but a fish like grouper, halibut or cod will be sweet enough to offer the right balance of flavors.

Cooking Wine

Cooking wine is to be avoided at all costs. As I mentioned in the section on cooking with wine, using a bad wine will result in a bad dish. In all of your cooking you should strive to use the best quality ingredients. Cooking wine is not one of these. This is primarily because the wine must, by law, be made undrinkable. This is usually accomplished by adding salt (or worse yet MSG) but there are often other ingredients and flavors used.

Hmmm... combine poor quality wine with salt or other ingredients that will render your recipe unpredictable?  Best to avoid this one. 



 

Grouper with Silky Grapefruit Sauce



Servings = 2 | Serving size =4 ounces fish with sauce

Cooking Time = 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

This recipe does not make very good leftovers.

Serve with Plain Mashed Potatoes or Jasmine Rice or Plain Mashed Potatoes - Low Sodium Version or Jasmine Rice - Low Sodium Version

AND

Serve with Shredded Brussels Sprouts or Parmesan Squash. or Pan Grilled Broccoli or Pan Grilled Asparagus or Herbed Zucchini or Shredded Brussels Sprouts - Low Sodium Version

1 grapefruit (sectioned and with inner skin around each section removed)
1 tsp lime zest
2 Tbsp white wine
2 tsp fresh oregano
1/4 tsp salt (divided)
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
2 tsp butter
1 tsp olive oil
2 4 ounce grouper filets

Place the grapefruit sections and lime sections in a small sauté pain over high heat. Cook for about 5 minutes, tossing frequently. As the grapefruit begins to caramelize remove from the heat.

Place the grapefruit in a blender or mini chopper.

Deglaze the pan with the white wine, using a whisk to scrape up the caramelized bits in the bottom of the pan.

Add the wine to the blender with the oregano and puree. Force the sauce through a fine mesh strainer back into the sauté pan. Discard the solids left behind in the strainer.

Add 1/8 teaspoon salt, the pepper and butter to the sauce. Set the burner to low heat. Whisk to melt the butter.

Place a large skillet over high heat and add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, sprinkle the fish with the other 1/8 teaspoon salt and add to the pan. Sear and cook on each side for about 4 – 5 minutes. Serve topped with the grapefruit sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 4 ounces fish with sauce

Servings = 2

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 211 Calories from Fat 66
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 7g 11%
    Saturated Fat 3g 15%
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 352mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
    Sugars 9g  
Protein 23g  
Vitamin A 8% Vitamin C 68%
Calcium 6% Iron 9%
Vitamin K 8 mcg Potassium 745 mg
Magnesium 50 mg