Our first trip to the Caribbean was on our honeymoon some fourteen years ago and we've loved it there ever since. On our honeymoon, Steve commented that I should be come a writer so we can live in St Thomas permanently. That is not happening anytime soon so right now we just recreate the food whenever we can.
One of the areas we frequent in the Caribbean is Jamaica. The people and the food is just wonderful. This week we made Jamaican Tilapia with Mango, Black Bean Rice. It doesn't compare to the freshness of sea food you have when visiting the islands but we don't expect much when you are land locked Minnesotan.
Again this recipe comes from a version of a pampered chef recipe. (Seriously love this company) If you didn't see the other one from there you can check it out here.
Marinade and Fish
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
3 tbsp Jamaican Jerk Rub
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 garlic cloves, pressed
4 boneless, fish (we used tilapia but any white fish should work)
Black Bean Salad
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 large mango, chopped
2 medium green onions with tops, sliced
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup rice
Prepare grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat.
For marinade, whisk together lime juice, rub, oil and garlic a bowl. Place fish into reseal able plastic bag; add half of the marinade. Seal bag; turn to coat and refrigerate no longer than 30 minutes.
For salad, mix together chopped mango and red peppers. Add beans and the onions to remaining marinade in mixing bowl; set aside.
Grill fish, bell pepper and mango, covered, 3 minutes or until grill marks appear; turning once grill marks appear. Grill 4-5 minutes or until mango and bell pepper are charred and crisp-tender and fillets registers 140°F or are white and flakey.
While this is cooking, make rice according to the package.
Then remove grilled peppers and mango and to mixing bowl of marinade, then add the rice.
I have to say fish is not my first choice in meals but this one was pretty good. If you have not had rice this way, I have to say go try it now. It is the best. Our daughter asks for it all the time.