Grilled Bluefish Salad

Isn’t it neat how the weather directly effects our eating habits?  A month ago, a dinner of soup or stew or pasta wasn’t out of the question.  But now the mere thought of turning the oven on makes me sweat.  Thankfully, I have a talented grill-master of a husband who knows how to cook fish perfectly, so we’ve taken most of our food preparation outside.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been preparing a lot of bluefish.  Caught along the East Coast, bluefish is meatier and more oily than a lot of other seafood from this region.  It’s a turn off for some, but I find that grilling it takes care of the “fishiness.”  The price of bluefish, which is usually found in local stores for $7 or $8/lb, makes it very appealing as well.  We’ll often buy an extra portion or two to make this salad, which we enjoy for lunch throughout the week.  Credit must be given to our friend, Kat, who served a bowl of this when we were together on the Cape last month and had mixed in some minced lemon slices.  It’s a wonder I hadn’t thought to do the same before, since I’m known for adding lemon zest or juice to almost everything I make.  It provides a surprising amount of zip, which is exactly what I want in summer fare.

  • July 8, 2013 - 12:30 am

    Sarah - These are such excellent photos. Makes me think even I could get into this, though I’m not a huge fan of oily fish.ReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2013 - 12:38 am

    Tieghan - Such a gorgeous salad. I too am all about grilling, seafood and salads right now. This is just perfect!ReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2013 - 8:51 am

    carrian - sooo, I’ve never even heard of blue fish, but I do love the color blue so I guess I’m good to go! Looks lovely either wayReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2013 - 8:53 am

    Jeanette - I love grilling fish in the summertime. Years ago, a friend brought over a fresh caught bluefish and it wasn’t fishy at all. Apparently, because it’s so high in oil, it gets fishy very quickly. Great idea turning it into a salad. I love smoked bluefish and would love to get a smoker to try making that.ReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2013 - 10:20 am

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - Ohhhh maaaaaannnnnn!ReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2013 - 10:41 am

    Liren - I can’t tell you how nostalgic I feel right now. So many summer nights we ate bluefish, as we spent many weekends boating and fishing on Long Island. Bluefish came out of our ears, and my mother would grill them whole for dinner. Sigh! Eric is truly a grill master, look how perfect they are! Love the idea of putting it in a salad.ReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2013 - 3:53 pm

    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious - I’ve never seen bluefish for sale here in CA, but I’d love to! Fantastic sounding meal…ReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    Greg Henry - I too usually make extra fish for salads. I wonder why I never think to do that with other grilled foods. Hmmm. I will ponder that. GREGReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2013 - 10:05 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - I’m always looking for a good excuse to not turn the oven on in summer and cooking and eating outdoors is so much more fun anyhow.ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2013 - 12:46 am

    Ash- foodfashionparty - Grilling the fish with lemon sounds tasty and fun.ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2013 - 12:48 am

    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. - I have not had bluefish, but this looks so good! What a perfect summer meal!ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2013 - 4:04 am

    Diane {Created by Diane} - I was just talking to someone about bluefish today, I haven’t had it in a long time, but recall having it often when I was young. This salad looks fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2013 - 7:06 am

    Carolyn - i don’t think I’ve ever had bluefish. The salad looks so light and fresh, perfect for this insane heat!ReplyCancel

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    Andrew Frishman - MMMnnnn… I LOVES me some Bluefish salad, especially when it’s grilled (and I get to eat it)

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  • July 9, 2013 - 11:42 pm

    Cams - Bless you for this, and your friend Kat. I had never thought to add actual pieces of lemon in rather than just the lemon zest or a sprinkling of lemon juice. I feel like a light bulb has just flickered on, lol. I do not have a lot of experience with bluefish personally but I am game to try it. I will see if I can find it at my local market this week. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • July 10, 2013 - 8:13 pm

    Kellie Hemmerly - This looks amazing….I have some bluefish haters in my house. I’ll have to sub out for something else or just tell them it’s trout. :-) ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2013 - 6:57 am

    Joanne - I wish every day that living in Manhattan were more conducive to grilling, but I guess you have to sacrifice SOMETHING to live here. This sounds like such a tasty salad though, I’ll have to trek it over to my mom’s and make her let me use her grill so I can make it!ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2013 - 9:50 am

    Laura @ PassTheKnife - With the heat in NYC, I’ve been making meals derived from meals derived from other meals. Your fish salad looks fabulous – just the right note for this time of year:) Must give it a try…ReplyCancel

  • July 14, 2013 - 1:08 pm

    Currently Crushing On. | How Sweet It Is - […] grilled bluefish salad. words can’t describe how badly i want to eat […]ReplyCancel

  • July 14, 2013 - 8:49 pm

    Kiran @ - Yummy!! Grilled and made into a salad definitely makes it all more delicious :)ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2013 - 11:00 am

    TidyMom - I’m not a big fish lover, but my husband is….I bet he’d be thrilled if I made this for him!ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2013 - 6:14 pm

    Rochelle Ramos - You make me wish we had bluefish here (we might, I just don’t know the translation for it in Portuguese yet)! That salad looks delicious, I can imagine it with grilled bruschetta on the side, mmm!ReplyCancel

  • July 26, 2013 - 4:22 pm

    Mary Frances @ LOVE - the secret ingredient - Your presentation couldn’t be more perfect. Those photographs! You are an artist.ReplyCancel

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