Guide to making the perfect Emirati grilled fish

Grilled fish
Grilled fish Image Credit: Gulf News/Stefan Lindeque

Seafood is a big part of Emirati cuisine and this grilled fish eaten at the Bayt Al Wakeel restaurant that has been a heritage site since the 1930s promises to give you an authentic experience.

Guide to making the perfect grilled fish Anas Thacharpadikkal/Gulf News

Guide to making grilled fish

Cooking Time: 20 mins

Preparation Time: 15 mins

Ingredients for the marinade:

2 sea bream fish

80 ml fresh orange juice with pulp

40 ml lemon extract

10 gms lemon grass

10 gms Thai ginger

40 gms onions chopped

10 gms chopped green chilly

50 gms ginger paste

50 gms crushed ice

100 ml corn oil

1 pinch of salt

5 gms saffron

Method:

Sauce:

1. Combine all the ingredients and grind to form a smooth paste.

Ingredients to prepare the sauce

Ingredients (clockwise): onion, lemon, oranges, garlic, green chilli and ginger Image Credit: Stefan Lindeque/Gulf news

Sea bream fish

Sea bream fish Image Credit: Stefan Lindeque/Gulf News

Grilled fish sauce
Grilled fish sauce Image Credit: Gulf News/Stefan Lindeque

Here's how to clean and slice the fish
Here’s how to clean and slice the fish Image Credit: Gulf News/Stefan Lindeque

Preparing, marinating and grilling:

1. Clean the fish thoroughly and then carefully with a knife running through the side joint slit open from one side and cut it all the way from its neck to its tail. Put some slits over the fish skin as well.

2. Sprinkle the outside of the fish with salt and rub lemon to remove any strong fish odor.

3. Open the fish, with flesh side down and brush the marinade over the skin and the slits. Now turnover the fish, with skin side down and brush the marinade over the flesh, reserving some of the marinade to use at the final stage of grilling. Let the fish soak up the marinade for 30 minutes.

Spread the sauce over the fish to marinate it

Spread the sauce over the fish to marinate it Image Credit: Gulf News/Stefan Lindeque

Spread the sauce over the fish to marinate it

Spread the sauce over the fish to marinate it Image Credit: Gulf News/Stefan Lindeque

4. On a grill tray place aluminium foil as the base for the fish.

5. Preheat the grill at 200 °C. Place in the fish with skin side down first. Cook for 8 to 10minutes. Flip the fish over, flesh side down, and cook for another 8 to 10 minutes longer, or until cooked through.

Grill the fish skin-side down
Grill the fish skin-side down Image Credit: Gulf News/ Stefan Lindeque

Chef Akhilesh Poojari

He is a chef at the 75-year-old heritage site, also a popular restaurant now – Bayt Al Wakeel, at the Dubai Creek. His specialty includes preparing traditional Emirati cuisine and seafood.