Grilled Honey-Lemon Babel Fish: An Alison’s Wonderland Original Recipe ©

Posted May 8, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Book of the Month Recipes / 1 Comment


Fun Fact: I actually don’t like fish, but this lovely recipe is the exception to the rule—I’m crazy about it!

I also think the Babel fish is one of the coolest creatures in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. What’s more clever than a little fish that translates alien languages for you? Therefore, it seemed only right to include a tribute to the Babel fish in our Hitchhiker menu.

Enter: Grilled Honey-Lemon Babel Fish!

I’ve been on a pretty wild lemon binge lately (lemon gum, lemonade, lemon wedges sprinkled with sugar–you name it, I’ve been scarfing it). So it’s no wonder I felt drawn to something airy and lemony for our Babel fish entree. My go-to mackerel recipe was the perfect solution—summery sweetness, just a touch of tartness, and a fun smokey element from the grill marks. Enjoy!

P.S. Have you heard of the BabelFish translation engine? It’s totally a thing.
…I just thought everyone in the world should know that. 🙂

 

Grilled Honey-Lemon Babel Fish: An Alison’s Wonderland Original Recipe©

“It feeds on brain wave energy…excreting telepathically a matrix formed from the conscious frequencies and nerve signals picked up from the speech centres of the brain. The practical upshot of which is that if you stick one in your ear, you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language.”
— The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 mackerel fillet, pin bones removed (the Kitchn gives great step-by-step instructions for how to do this)
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Makes 1 serving

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. To start, pour your honey and lemon in a small bowl, stirring until they’ve completely combined. Set aside.

    If you drag your spoon along the bottom and it doesn’t catch on any sticky honey, it’s ready!
  2. Evenly coat each side of the mackerel with salt and pepper. I used approximately 1/2 tsp of each.
  3. Drizzle half the honey-lemon mixture over the mackerel, making sure each side is well coated (don’t skimp–this is the stuff that makes it delicious!).
  4. On a George Foreman classic plate grill, place the mackerel skin-side up, and plug in the grill after the fish is already on it (to avoid burning the skin away before the flesh is fully cooked). Lower the lid. I let mine cook for about 3 minutes, but my fillet was pretty small. For most fillets, I’d recommend 4-5 minutes. Halfway through the cook time, lift the lid and drizzle the last of the honey-lemon mixture over the fish. It’s ready when the flesh flakes away when poked with a fork.

    If you don’t have a George Foreman, you can use a grill plate or grill pan, cooking for about 5 minutes on each side. Just avoid cooking on a grate, since the gaps can cause the honey sauce to drip away.
  5. If you like a little adventure (and what intergalactic hitchhiker doesn’t?), I would highly recommend letting the fish cook for 7 minutes, until it is completely blackened. I think it’s a flavor revelation, but then again, not everybody likes blackened fish. The choice is up to you! 🙂

    Photogenic? No. Delicious? Oh heavens yes.
  6. Either way, serve up your delicious Honey-Lemon Babel Fish with greens, lemon slices, and a drizzle of honey. Enjoy while learning alien languages in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy! 🙂

    I just now realized that this dish is actually super healthy. Combined with last week’s trail mix appetizer, I might be on the road to an entire healthy menu!

 

 

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Here’s the Yummly printable!

Grilled Honey-Lemon Babel Fish

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 mackerel fillet with pin bones removed
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. To start, pour your honey and lemon in a small bowl, stirring until they've completely combined. Set aside.
  2. Evenly coat each side of the mackerel with salt and pepper. I used approximately 1/2 tsp of each.
  3. Drizzle half the honey-lemon mixture over the mackerel, making sure each side is well coated (don't skimp--this is the stuff that makes it delicious!).
  4. On a George Foreman classic plate grill, place the mackerel skin-side up, and plug in the grill after the fish is already on it (to avoid burning the skin away before the flesh is fully cooked). Lower the lid. I let mine cook for about 3 minutes, but my fillet was pretty small. For most fillets, I'd recommend 4-5 minutes. Halfway through the cook time, lift the lid and drizzle the last of the honey-lemon mixture over the fish. It's ready when the flesh flakes away when poked with a fork.
  5. Serve up your delicious Honey-Lemon Babel Fish with greens, lemon slices, and a drizzle of honey. Enjoy while learning alien languages in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!
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