Recipes that come to symbolize the places and people and experiences that brought them into my life. This broiled fish recipe will live on in my memories as the iconic food from our Key Largo spring break this year.
We specifically chose the Florida Keys for their excellent scuba diving, so Scott and I could get recertified along with the kiddos, as they earned their first Open Water Diver certifications … all in a gorgeous, sun-drenched, coral-reef-filled destination that has pretty much everything an Ohio winter doesn’t (yay, sunshine)! For starters, we missed our connection in Newark, thanks to a large and mysterious dent in the side of our airplane (which the United folks assured us was no worry, although they needed an hour or two to measure it and touch it and document it).
When we finally rolled into Key Largo (more than 24 hours after our journey had begun), it was dark, way past dinnertime, and we were HUNGRY! Driving past restaurants, we obviously wanted to find something that was beach-vacation-perfect.
We desperately needed to kick the Florida part of our getaway into high gear! A bit like a sprawling sea shack, with just enough tacky, ocean-themed statues to seem quirky but still respectable.
In absolute keeping with how our entire vacation would go, that moment of disappointment turned into something wonderful. As we walked away, the manager hurried to open the door behind us, assuring us that if we could order quickly, they’d love to welcome us.
Several days of dedicated efforts (and a lot of stress, anxiety and doubt) … and we triumphed! But, due to those chilly water temps and wind-whipped waves, we never did make it out to the beautiful reef for the REAL diving we’d come to do.
A day’s drive down through the Keys to nab a selfie at the southernmost point in the Continental US (complete with a stop at Buffett’s original Margaritaville, of course! Since this Macumba Fish was featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, it was easy to track down a base recipe.
And bright top notes from the lemon juice and basil. Quality lean protein from the fish, loads of antioxidant-rich veggies and herbs.
A bit of olive oil (which actually enhances your body’s ability to utilize the tomatoes’ lycopene). • And, you can make practically the entire recipe ahead, since the topping is actually best prepared at least an hour (and up to a day) in advance.
So perfect to toss quickly in the oven … a brilliant meal in just moments on busy nights, or a no-stress recipe for casual summer entertaining. But, if you aren’t sitting at a beach restaurant in the Keys, you can still make do with what you find at the grocery store.
This broiled fish recipe is absolutely perfect for that type of prep-ahead victory. Great for busy weeknights when dinner has to happen fast, or even for entertaining, when you need to look like the hostess-with-the-mostess but don’t have much time to work your magic.
It’s great to have a bed of rice to help soak up the flavorful, juicy tomato mixture cascading off the broiled fish. At home, we also like to serve this broiled fish with a simple green vegetable alongside, like roasted asparagus or our easy Blistered Green Beans.
Cover and refrigerate to allow flavors to meld, preferably at least an hour or up to 1 day. The fish should be opaque and flake easily with a fork in the thickest part of the fillet.
Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only, and may vary depending on your choice of ingredients or preparation. To a medium bowl, add all ingredients except fish and stir to thoroughly combine.
Watch carefully, as it may only take a couple of minutes, depending on the thickness of your fish fillets and the proximity to the broiler. If you are unsure about oneness, cut into the center of 1 fillet; it should be opaque.
12 reviews “We had a clean room, 2 beds (on the soft side), fridge, A/C and a fine location from which we walked to restaurants (like the Lorelei) to watch the sunset.” See all Key Lantern Motel reviews. I'm really surprised I have not left a review for this restaurant because this is one of my favorite restaurants in Kendall.
Let's start out with the immaculate ambience when you first walk in. Their bar is located in front and it is in a circular shape.
The drinks that they provide is out of this world. You first have to try their Disco sour which I try to replicate but I have yet to match the greatness and love they put into theirs.
One of my favorite questions from my waiter was him asking where I was from, and then he would recommend a certain drink depending on what I tell him. Their entrées and app...
1062 reviews This place has the finest moving ever. I only eat here when I have a cheat meal because the dishes are very high in calories & carbs.
I can always tell when the fish is not fresh or when they don't use Corina, even when you pay more for it. The flavors are on point and the portions are also great.
I've eaten there twice already and will continue to support them and recommend them to people that ask me for Peruvian spots, since I'm Peruvian :D While visiting The Keys, we did a day trip to Key Largo to visit John Penny camp Coral Reef State Park.
After we finished our day at Penny camp, my husband asked the Ranger at the entrance gate for a recommendation of where to eat. The decor was definitely very eclectic with Christmas lights, fish nets and beach paraphaneilla.
The Macumba is the House Specialty and has been featured on Food Nation with Bobby Flay. I’ve made a note of the ingredients (fresh tomatoes, shallots, capers, fresh basil, olive oil and lemon juice) and I already make a sauce similar to it.
Write a Report Macumba Bight is a bay located just 6.5 miles from Islamabad, in Monroe County, in the state of Florida, United States, near Lower Macumba Beach, FL. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including flounder, grouper, shook, yellow fin tuna, drum and shark here.
Please remember to check with the local Fish and Wildlife department to ensure the stream is open to the public. “At Lake Surprise I'd recommend pilchards for snapper and pinkish for trout.
Add the olive oil, capers, basil, shallots, tomatoes, lemon juice, onions, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper to a medium bowl and stir to thoroughly combine. Place the fish fillets on a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper.
Place under the broiler and cook until done on one side; watch carefully, as it may only take a couple of minutes depending on the thickness of your fillets and the proximity to the broiler. This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional.
Accompany by a good white wine and lots of crusty bread, cause the sauce is unbelievable. Place the fish pieces in a metal baking pan.
Combine all the remaining ingredients, except the wine and olive oil, season, and distribute on top of fish. Pour the wine and olive oil over and bake for about 35-40 minutes, or until the fish flakes.
We would highly recommend based on great food and service! Reviewed 3 days ago If you like seafood, you have to make this one of your meals.
We also tried their Key Lime Pie -- not...the standard type you're used to seeing, meringue instead of cream on top, but it was wonderful! Reviewed 3 days ago Did the visit during Corona- service was great.
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile We ate at The Fish House for dinner with our kids. This place isn’t fancy, in fact, it’s quite loud and bustling.
The coleslaw and rice were rather ordinary, but no one was complaining because of the generous portions of fish on our plates. The service was adequate but rushed, and this isn’t a place where you will linger over your dinner for long.
There will be someone waiting for your table and the pace of the service won’t allow you to lollygag. While the food was delicious, by the time we left, I felt a little stressed from the noise level and atmosphere.
I appreciated that the booths had extra Alex glass partitions making you feel less exposed with other patrons. Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile They have so much variety and the food is delicious.
Highly recommend for a good Florida fish experience! Reviewed 2 weeks ago If you are looking for fresh seafood, prepared well in both traditional and also creative methods, this is the place.
But it’s not only the Hemingway House, water activities, and good food that make the town so popular. Key West is surrounded by a vast surface of flats that hold Bone fish, Permit, and Tarpon.
You can start your vacation by scouting the flats and doing a bit of sight fishing, then switch to the fly. To get to the secret spots with big fish, pair up with a local guide.
Many anglers decide to hire a deep sea charter to take them fishing in the Cuban waters. These skinny waters fish for Shook, Tarpon, Permit, Lemon Shark, and Yellowtail Snapper.
You won’t find choppy seas here, only calm waters teeming with fish. If you want to try something that’s essentially Key West, then book a fishing trip on a small flats boat.
Your fishing guide will stand on a casting platform and use a long pole to steer the boat. There’s one more thing you must try before heading east to explore other riches of the Florida Keys.
These islands don’t have a lot to offer to city lovers but are sheer spiciness when it comes to sport fishing. The water depth around the rock piles on the east side of the islands is between 15 and 30 feet.
These patches of rocky bottoms are home to an amazing number of Snapper and Grouper. Use small minnows, pinkish, sardines, squid, and mullet for the best results.
After having feasted on flaky Snapper meat in the Marquesas, head east to Sugar loaf Keys. Here you will find a maze of mangrove cuts, flats, and creeks rich in fish.
You can explore these waters from a skiff, or if you aren’t afraid of working outs, you can hop into a kayak or canoe. Before you head into these meandering mangrove cuts, fish for pilchards on the flats.
Here you will find clear waters so you can sight fish for Shook, Tarpon, and Permit. Non-local anglers often overlook this network of flats, mangrove islands, and channels.
If you do, you could be missing out on a chance to reel in Snapper, Grouper, Bone fish, Permit, Tarpon, and Jacks. You might come across deep, wide cuts where sunken boats and other debris make it for a hot fishing spot.
Plus, these mangrove islands and rich vegetation protect the channels from the wind. Calm waters make Cuddle Key channels popular among kayak anglers.
As for the bait, you will find a lot of mullet, crab, and shrimp around these fisheries. The channel between the Old Bahia Honda bridge and the Overseas Highway is the deepest inshore fishery in the Keys.
The waters drop from 18 to 25 feet and offer some of the best bridge fishing in the Florida Keys. There is a lot of food moving between the bridge pylons and the pilings serve as a good shelter for the game fish.
As you warm up to get to the Tarpon business, you can hook into Permit, Sleepyhead, Mutton Snapper, and Hammerhead Sharks. They weigh between 70 and 130 lbs on average, though anglers have pulled in fish bigger than that.
The Marathon Hump is a seamount, a mountain that rises from the ocean floor. The strong currents of the Gulf Stream push the bait fish towards the surface.
If you want to go home with a big, tasty dinner, prepare to pull hard. Snowy, Strawberry, and Yellow edge Grouper, Tile fish, and Queen Snapper frequent these waters.
Islamabad has the nickname “Sport Fishing Capital of the World”, and you shouldn’t miss it. Try to put your name among the few who have managed to catch Bone fish, Permit, Tarpon, and Shook in a single day.
Each of the fish have their own unique features, so it’s a real feat to land them all in a single day. You will be playing hide-and-seek with the fish around the mangrove islands and flats of Islamabad.
A reef patch south of Ta vernier Key holds a good number of Mutton, Mangrove, and Yellowtail Snapper, as well as Gag Grouper. Duane and BBB are sunken ships that lie a couple of miles from Key Largo.