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Florida Grouper With Tomatillo Sauce, Florida Orange Mango Salsa, Lump Crabmeat Guacamole, And Fried Yucca Chips

  • Prep Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • SALSA:
  • 2 Florida oranges, peel and pith cut away
  • 1 large firm-ripe mango, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onions, such as Vidalia
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh jalapeno
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cayenne, or more to taste
  • 1/2 pound tomatillos, husked, cleaned and halved
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon minced pickled jalapeno chile
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped red onions
  • 1 tablespoon minced cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons margaritaville tequila or your favorite tequila
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 pound lump crabmeat, picked over for shells and cartilage
  • 4 (6-ounce) grouper fillets
  • Essence
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds fresh yucca, peeled
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Essence
  • Salt
  • 4 shots Margaritaville tequila in salted shot glasses, accompaniment
  • 4 lime wedges dipped in salt, garnish
  • Minced fresh cilantro, garnish


  • Salsa: Segment the oranges over a bowl to catch the juices. Add the mango, onions, bell peppers, cilantro, jalapeno, oil, zest, ginger, salt, and cayenne. Adjust seasoning to taste. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving to allow the flavors to blend.

  • Tomatillo Sauce: Heat a large, heavy saute pan over high heat. When the pan is very hot, add the tomatillo's and cook until they begin to soften and the skin begins to blister and brown. Add the onions and cook until tender. Add the chicken stock, chile, and garlic and just bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat. Transfer to a blender. Add the herbs, and honey and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Keep warm until ready to serve.

  • Crabmeat Guacamole: In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the crabmeat, mashing slightly to combine. Fold in the crabmeat and adjust the seasoning, to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  • Grouper: Heat a large cast iron skillet over high heat until just smoking. Season both sides of the fish fillets with Essence, salt, and pepper, patting it on with your hands. Sear the fish until browned and crisp, about 2 minutes per side, turning once. Remove from the heat.

  • Arrange 1 fish fillet across the center of each of 4 plates. Spoon a dollop of the orange-mango salsa to 1 side of the fish, and the crabmeat guacamole to the other side. Fan the yucca fries to the top. Place the Margaritaville tequila shot below the fish with the salted lime wedge to the side. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.

  • Fried Yucca Chips: In a deep saucepan, heat enough oil to come halfway up the sides to 375 to 380 degrees F.

  • Using a mandoline or very sharp heavy knife, slice the yucca into chips, as thinly as possible.

  • Add the yucca in batches to the oil and cook, turning, until golden brown, 45 seconds to 1 minute. Drain on paper towels, season with Essence and salt, to taste. Serve hot.

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