Here’s something to wrap your head around – bluefish that tastes delicious!
I’ve never been a big fan of bluefish. They have sharp teeth and oily, fishy, and worst of all blue meat, that makse them less than desirable (at least for me).
For a long time, my husband Ryan and I have tried to figure out a simple and delicious way to cook bluefish without using mayonnaise.
After catching his latest bluefish, Ryan texted me to say that we would be having bluefish for dinner. At first I was less than thrilled!
He asked what a good side dish would be for the bluefish, and my response was “ick, nothing.” Can you tell I was not excited at the prospect of eating bluefish?
That's when one of our My Fishing Cape Cod members, Eric Meyer, shared with us his recipe for caramelized bluefish. Oh the magic of a marinade!
I quickly changed my mind about eating bluefish after trying one bite of this caramelized bluefish recipe. However, about 70% of readers report back that this recipe is a winner, and tasted delicious. The other 30% haven't had the best of luck.
This could be due to marinating the bluefish for too long, which can make the fish taste more like vinegar than anything else. This recipe turns out differently for so many people, so please make this at your own risk!
Caramelized Bluefish Recipe
The best part about this dish? It only needs two ingredients.
Cut the bluefish fillets into single portion size pieces. In a deep dish, arrange the bluefish and pour the vinaigrette over the fillet. Let it marinate for no longer than 30 minutes.
Set your broiler to high and place the marinated bluefish on a baking sheet with tin foil. Arrange the fillets on the baking pan and broil on the second-to-top rack for 10 minutes, letting it caramelize.
Watch carefully, as the fish can easily burn.
After 10 minutes, set the oven to 350 degrees and move the fish to the bottom rack, allowing it to cook for another 10 minutes.
The fish should be caramelized at this point and ready to eat. Serve immediately or store fish in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one day.
Favorite Side Dishes
I served this dish with some simple rice pilaf and another recipe of my own - sauteed mushrooms, chickpeas and kale with pesto.
It’s a simple side dish to put together and everything can be made at the same time effortlessly.
You can find the recipe for the chickpeas and kale on my cooking website Creatively Delish by clicking here.
MFCC Bluefish "Cookbook"
Back in June of 2019 I posted this somewhat silly recipe for bluefish, where you cook the bluefish on a cast iron pan in the oven, throw the fish out, and eat the pan. I wonder how many of you got all the way to the end of that recipe before realizing it was a joke!?
All kidding aside, at the end of that post I asked readers to share their own favorite bluefish recipes, and the response was great! Through the forum, email and post comments, I am excited to report that I was able to put together a member contribution bluefish recipe ebook, with tried and beloved bluefish recipes, shared by members and fans of My Fishing Cape Cod.
This e-book has recipes for smoking, broiling, grilling and baking bluefish, with a huge variety of different flavor options.
Recipes in this ebook include:
If you are a member of My Fishing Cape Cod then you can download the book for free by clicking below.
If you aren't a member (and don't want to become one) then you can purchase the book here for $7. All profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the Cape & Islands Veterans' Outreach Center.
I also owe a big thank you to everyone from My Fishing Cape Cod who helped contribute to this online cookbook!
Thank you everyone!!!
More Bluefish Recipes
In addition to the bluefish recipe cookbook above, we currently have 4 additional delicious bluefish recipes here on My Fishing Cape Cod.
We even have a video footage of Ryan's first attempt at smoking bluefish! Plus my Mediterranean Bluefish is one of my favorites for incorporating a nice red sauce into the dish.
Below you will find links to each of these bluefish recipe posts. Give them a click and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.
I am so happy that so many of you are utilizing My Fishing Cape Cod as a resource for quality bluefish recipes.
Please let me know how these recipes work out for you by leaving a comment below. I have heard the good, the bad and the ugly, so just be honest and keep me posted with how your bluefish recipes are turning out.
I am always happy to help with questions, so please just let me know.