Grouper with Mango
May 24th, 2011|Filed Under Meats, Recipes

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I recently went to the land of retired doormen, elevator men and porters: Puerto Rico! Nothing like what I had expected. Growing up, the only Puerto Ricans I knew were either in gangs, worked in my building or came out of hiding on a random Sunday in June for a parade. OK, OK… not all of them, but enough for me to make a statement like that without worrying about a serious challenge. It is one of the most absolutely beautiful and tranquil places I have ever been.

Once we arrived on the small island of Culebra, we hired a boat to take us fishing and snorkelling. Shortly after sailing out, I realized two frightening things: First, I forgot to cut my toenails. Second, how are we going to eat? I asked my cousins if either of them had a nail clipper, and as usual they were useless. I didn’t dare ask Captain Bill, but I did want to know what we were eating. He told me he had some fresh grouper that he would make for us. Grouper is one of those fishes I’ve heard about but am not really sure if I’ve ever had it. I don’t even know if I would recognize it if I saw it.

While we were snorkelling, Captain Bill pan-seared grouper with sesame seeds for us. I was completely surprised. It was delicious — white and flaky. It took hold of me and didn’t let go until I’d devoured the entire meal completely.

How could I keep something so good to myself?

Recipe: Grouper with Sesame Seeds and Mango


  • 1 Pound Grouper — Cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds
  • 1/2 Lemon — Juiced
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Mango — Chopped


  1. Marinate the grouper in all the ingredients except the olive oil and lemon for at least 2 hours. When you are ready to eat, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and heat an oven-safe pan on the stove at medium high heat for 2 minutes. Once your pan is hot, add the olive oil and the grouper, skin side down. Cook for two minutes, flip, cook for 1 minute and put the pan in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and add the lemon juice.
  2. Your grouper should come out white and flaky just like Captain Bill’s; if not, cook it in the oven for another 2 minutes. Serve with a side of rice and mango.

Number of servings (yield): 4

Meal type: dinner

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One Response to “Grouper with Mango”

  1. I don’t think I have ever had grouper!

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