Birthdays are cause for special celebration at our house. Usually we let the Birthday Person choose one meal to eat out (within reason) and sometimes he gets to plan the other meals for the day as well. Each of my guys has a favorite that is often requested. So I usually have a feeling what each FishBoy might ask for.
Today’s Birthday Boy requested cereal, hamburgers, and Costco pizza. I think it’s probably the third year he’s asked for Costco pizza, so I guess that means, it’s been his “go to” meal since he could talk. (Just cheese, in case you were wondering.) It’s a great meal for our family. At $10 a pie, it also fits the budget.
Another child has more sophisticated tastes. At age 4 he asked for grilled shark with peach salsa. It’s true. And he’s requested it a number of times since then. Hopefully, now that we’re in the west, I may find ripe peaches for his birthday next month.
It’s an easy recipe and one that is adaptable to any kind of fish. We like shark because it doesn’t taste very “fishy,” and it can hold up to the spiciness of this rub. I like to serve it with rice pilaf, caesar salad, baguette, and cheese. And of course, a pretty cool cake!
Spicy, Grilled Shark with Peach Salsa
adapted from The Summer Book by Susan Branch
2 T. paprika
3/4 t. black pepper
2 t. sesame seed
1 t. cayenne
1 t. kosher salt
1 t. dill weed
1 t. dried lemon peel
2 pounds thresher shark steaks or fillets (You can also use halibut, swordfish, or tuna)
3 lg peaches, pitted and diced
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 Tablespoon orange juice
In small glass bowl or jar, combine spices. Shake to combine. Rinse fish and pat dry with paper towel. Coat with a thin layer of olive oil. Sprinkle with spice rub and rub it in. This may be on the hot side, so adjust according to your tastes. Grill fish over med heat until it flakes. Meanwhile, combine salsa ingredients and chill until serving time. Serve shark with peach salsa.
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