Sunday, May 31, 2009

Fire Grilled Tilapia and Eggplant with homemade teriyaki sauce

 When in doubt on what to eat………Just fire up some coals……

Sometimes I find myself thinking about the ideal situation or place to enjoy a meal.  This has become even more prevalent due to the fact that TV constantly gives imagery of stranded Islands, I.E. Survivor and Lost, where people are set with the task of catching their own food, which is then set upon a fire….Such a simplistic existence resonates…..

 If only I could live in such a fantasy based on fresh and abundant fish roasting over a blazing fire……

But alas, I have realized that such a life is the one in which I live…..

Upon debating what to eat I was reminded of that beautifully and skillfully grilled fish, with crackling skin and soft pulp, which is forever eaten in the alternate world that is referred to as Japan.  I am reminded of the simplicity, yet luxury for which is enjoyed and revered by those who appreciate such an art.  The setting is on the Island, but down a set of stairs, beneath a building, in the middle of downtown, and placed in an upscale Japanese restaurant. 

But again, alas,  I have realized that I do not need to upscale my life to reach such simplicity…..

I can just fire up some coals, unfreeze some fish, and Grill to my hearts delight.


Tilapia Fillet



Date/bee honey

Soy sauce

Rice Vinegar

Sesame Seed Oil

Olive oil

Get the coals going on the grill.  In the meantime mix the Soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, and sesame seed oil.  Use the Soy, vinegar, and honey to taste and add just a little bit of sesame seed oil.  Wisk together and let sit.  Cut the fillets in half and place a wood grilling stick.  Cut the eggplants and the zucchini into one centimeter thick slices, put on separate grilling sticks and cover with oil.  Cook the veggies first and if the fire is hot then it should take 10 to 15 minutes.  When they are done remove them from the fire and place the fish on, skin side down.  IT should cook in a matter of minutes.  Flip the fish once so both sides are grilled.   Take is off the grill splash it with the extra sauce and enjoy......


  1. looks can buy Talapia at Costco (big Phillipino item so they carry it here)...look forward to you making it for us...I will pick up the Talapia for you

  2. The only problem with costco fish is that they are probably loaded with antibiotics.

    There is a great all natural market near my parents house where the sell sustainable fish, so dont worry about that.

    I am planning on doing a lot of cooking nights in my parents back yard so......We will have some good times

    Thanks for the comments