Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pan-Seared Grey Trigger Fish with Kalamata Olive Salad

Man, lots of stuff to get to, AGAIN.  Please stay with me....

The deadline to enter our Quickies Morning, Noon, and Night Cocktail Challenge has been moved back.  Please send in your entries by Monday September 27, 2010.  We will then announce the winner and post the round-up on Tuesday September 28. 2010.

A few more days for your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to create your sexiest drink, alcoholic or non alcoholic.

The prize is the marvelous cookbook Quickies: Morning, Noon, and Night by the lovely Denise Fletcher.

A Big Thank You to those who have inquired as to whether I would be participating in FoodBuzz's Project Food Blog.  I will NOT be envolved with this contest.  However, many of my foodie friends are.  Please click on the link to peruse the many contestants and vote for your favorites.  There are loads of people working hard to produce wonderful posts for this project.

Project Food Blog Voting

Welcome to Fisherman's Catch Tuesday

When you have such an incredibly fresh ingredient to work with it's best to just let it shine.  I was fortunate enough to have a fisherman buddy of mine share part of his Grey Trigger Fish catch with me.  This fish is found in many parts of the world.  In Florida, it is fished in 60 to 120 ft deep waters in the Atlantic.

Butchering this fish is tricky and the yield is not fabulous, but the taste surely is.  The flesh has a meaty mouthfeel and cooks up great.

Commercially Trigger fish or (Balistes Fraenatus) is wild-caught in India.  I have read studies that report that their fishing practices are sustainable.  The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch has yet to include trigger fish in it's guide, thus more research must be done.  Additionally, not all species of trigger fish are edible, so please do your research before consuming.

I paired the fish with a salad of kalamata oilves, roasted pimenton, and pickled swiss chard stems tossed in a honey mustard vinaigrette.  Garnished with toasted coriander seeds and sunflower sprouts.


Pan-Seared Grey Trigger Fish with Kalamata Olive Salad

Friends, I have but a few questions if you would indulge me.  I have been hosting guest posts for about 4 months now.  It is a lot of work.  With that said, I find it extremely rewarding spotlighting some of the awesome foodie talent out there.  My two questions are as follows...

1. Do you enjoy the Guest Post Spotlight Thursday?

2. Have you been introduced/made new friends through this series?

Thank you for your input.

That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!


  1. Oh that sounds like fun- I love making quick and sexy drinks- I will enter one!

    As for your fish- that looks amazing.

    We've been eating a ton of fish lately.

  2. I'm a big seafood fan, but have never had the privilege of trying trigger fish before. I'm quite intrigued as to what this fish tastes like and the texture of the meat. Wonderful combination of ingredients! Looks and sounds delicious.

    I do enjoy your guest post and have absolutely been introduced to many unique and wonderful blogs and bloggers and have made new friends through these guest posts!

  3. All I can say is that it is a delight to come by; I can savor the IDEA of such rich delights and still walk away a size 4!!!!!


  4. Great info on Trigger fish - we don't get this one in Wegmans yet. I like your pairing with kalamata olive salad! The guest posts are always fun!

  5. I cant even begin to tell you how much I love this recipe, as you know fish is a staple in our household but never made anything that looked this fantastic wow! this is wonderful...

  6. I've never had trigger fish but this looks amazing. A treat for all the senses. I can never get over how masterfully you join ingredients together that I wouldn't have thought to do and create these beauties. I mean who would have ever thought to eat the stems of chard? Another fine piece of work, sir!

    I love the guest posts and I hope you keep them up!

  7. I have never heard of trigger fish. How nice of your fisherman buddy to share his catch with you! you did the fish up beautifully.

  8. This is a beautiful dish, Lazaro... as if I'm surprised! Everything you cook looks delicious. I'm sad that you are not participating in the food blog challenge... you would have had my vote (and thank you for your kind comment on my blog :)) As for your questions? I love guest post Thursday and I have 'met' a lot of new bloggers through it. Love it! I'm sure it's a lot of time which is why I haven't dabbled (too much) in it. You're doing a great job all around though!

  9. Your presentation is always flawless Laz and I am no stranger to fish but must admit that I have not had the pleasure of tasting trigger fish.

    Your pairing with kalamata olives is perfection on a plate and I have never even heard of sunflower sprouts!!

    I always look forward to the guest posts with anticipation. I can't wait to see if it's a foodie friend or a new discovery waiting to be unearthed!

  10. Lazaro, what a beautiful presentation of the trigger fish. Fishermen who share make the best buddies.

    Like the others, I hope you will continue the guest posts. It's always nice to meet new friends.

  11. Hi Lazaro, Your composed fish plates are delightful, I would be thrilled to be served such a dish in a fine restaurant. I also appreciate all the information you give about fish/fishing in your blog. On the subject of guest posting, yes I see that it is a lot of extra work but I feel that it enriches both your blog and the blogs of your guest by exposing them to new ideas and readers. I know that I have enjoyed following the guest posts and have been inspired to include guest posts on my site:)

  12. What a beautiful fish dish!! I've never had trigger fish, but it looks pretty cool :)

  13. this looks really good. you sure make the best presentation eh :) never fails to show me. got lots to learn from ya!!

    have a lovely tuesday love.
    jen @ www.passion4food.ca

  14. Would love to win your book but I am not much of a cocktail drink-maker. Does "Lassi" count as a drink? :)

    I keep learning a lot when I swing by here. Never knew of a Trigger Fish before. Love the pairing or fish and olives.

  15. I like the touch of the sunflower sprouts. Don't think I've ever seen those before. :)

    I enjoy Guest Post Spotlight Thursday, and I have met a lot of people from it! If it gets to be too much work, though, I wouldn't stress out about it. Maybe every other Thursday instead? :)

  16. Trigger fish? Dang, you amaze me with what you come up with. It looks like a nice steaky fish, like mahi or swordfish. What does it taste like?

    As far as the guest posts go, I love 'em, Lazaro. It's a great way for me to meet other bloggers, check out other dishes/recipes/ideas in one spot. However, considering I've not written a post in over a week now, I can certainly sympathize with all the work involved. And you work full time and write your other articles. My suggestion is to do what feels right when you can and don't worry about a rigid schedule (remember my little freak out about Meatless Mondays and routine a few months back?!) Whatever you post, whenever you can is always inspiring! Now I have to get to work and write a new post as I was all set to post my cocktail entry!

  17. I have never tried trigger fish so you have introduced me to a new thing, for which I thank you. As for guest posts, it introduces me to new faces and styles and that is fun. It has become who you are to your readers...but we can bend a little if you want to change to guest post monthly!

  18. Another excellent fish dish. See? How could you not be a fish/seafood master? Never had a chance to experience trigger fish but would love to. Tell you friend to ship some here! I like the honey vinaigrette dressing and toasted coriander seeds. This fish is flawless!

    I do enjoy the guest posts and I usually stop by their blogs to at least say hi after the posting.

  19. I love getting fish when I know it's from a trustworthy source, and this is exactly why! I think it makes recipes like this taste infinitely better.

    I love your guest posts. It's always so much fun to see who you choose and what they make!

  20. Nice to read about trigger fish, Lazaro. I've never had it; what would you compare it to taste and texture-wise? You've plated it beautifully and originally. I can see serving any kind of fish (except perhaps salmon) over your olive salad.

    As far as the guests posts are concerned, it's always fun to share with friends, reconnect with old friends and discover new blogs.

  21. What a great dish! The kalamata salad stole my heart. :)

    I love your guest posts and I think it's pretty awesome that you do them. And I have absolutely made new friends because of them...thanks Lazaro!

  22. Oh I havent thought of a cocktail. I promised to join right... I just tried the PFB challenge, though i know theres a lot more better out there, just joined for fun only. Trigger fish sounds interesting, Im ashamed that Im not a fish person and have a small knowledge of fish, but i want to try some of your recipes next time using our local fishes here. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Take care!

  23. I love kalamata olives and I love fish. Would have never thought of serving it this way, mainly because Vanja hates olives. But, I love the idea! Looks gorgeous.
    I do love the guest posts and have met others through them... but once a week might be too often. I enjoy your posts, too! So more of them is never a problem... or, less guest posts... but, I definitely enjoy them

  24. My sexiest drink recipe: Open a bottle of Malbec and pour into a glass!! I'm not sure I'll be able to find trigger fish but that olive salad looks delicious! Congratulation on the new "baby". How's Audi handling being an older sibling?


  25. I have only had the opportunity to enjoy Trigger fish on a couple of occasions but I enjoyed it immensely...This dish has some beautiful flavor pairings and a stunning presentation.
    To answer your Guest Post questions...
    1. Love them
    2. On several occasions

  26. I love the guest post series immensely.

  27. great info on trigger fish, looks delish..I love the guest bloggers, and appreciate your hard work..


  28. Oh wow, I feel the mist of the Mediterranean gently hitting my face with this one. Sounds absolutely amazing.

    Love the guest posts! I learn so much


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