Take a look closely at the photo above. Tucked away inside the husks of the corn is a thin piece of Tilapia fish. Tilapia is pretty inexpensive, convenient to buy in those frozen packages but also it is difficult to grill, as it is thin and flakes apart when cooked. You either have to use a fish grate or a special grill grate. Even then, the pieces of fish will usually break apart.
In the photo above, you see a grill grate, with a couple pieces of tilapia cooking on the grate. I used these as control pieces. I had seen this technique on one of the food channel shows, and wanted to try it.
I combined this technique with the cooking corn method advocated by Steven Raichlen that I blogged about yesterday. Feel free to click HERE to see those results. The results combined worked GREAT! Here's what I did...
I marinated the fish for an hour prior to grilling. Here's a bit of honesty, I didn't care for the marinade I made, so i won;t be sharing that. I did have great results for cooking the fish, so i will be doing it again soon. If I get an acceptable marinade, I will certainly share. But, mean time, while the fish was marinading, I pealed back the husks on the corn carefully. I soaked the husks in water to get as much moisture inside the closed up husks.
OK, I took the marinated fish and carefully put them inside the husks. I took one of my handy dandy specially treated reuse able rubber bands that do not melt and put one on the base of the husk near the corn and one at the end. The inside pocket worked great to steam the fish, while I was also cooking the corn.
The fish was thin, and only took 10 minutes to cook. Same as the amount of time for the corn to cook. When I opened the husks, the fish meat was firm, flaky and cooked all the way through. I do recommend marinading the fish to get the moisture inside the fish. It seemed to steam it.
This is a very spectacular way to serve your fish. Let your guests unwrap the husks and find the prize.
Very cool way to use that great sweet corn that is out right now, a great way to combine cooking methods, and a fun way to cook a very difficult piece of fish on the grill