Panko Crusted Grouper Popsicles

A Healthier Alternative

Leah Genoun May 1, 2017

A healthier alternative to deep fried fish, broiled fish on a stick makes for a delicious entrée or fun partyappetizer. Kids tend to enjoy eating food off a stick so it’s also a great way to introduce your children to the health benefits of fresh seafood. Don’t hesitate mixing things up a bit by presenting the dish with your favorite dipping sauces.

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PREPARATION:
Peel cucumber and dice. Place in a colander and sprinkle with a tablespoon of salt (draws water out). Cover diced cucumber with a small plate weighed down with something heavy. Let rest for 30 minutes before patting dry with a paper towel. Combine cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, dill, and fresh black pepper into food processor and blend well before stirring mixture into yogurt. Add additional salt and pepper to taste if needed and place in refrigerator for two hours before serving.

Preheat broiler. Place a metal rack inside a rimmed baking sheet. Thread one piece of fish onto each wooden skewer (soak skewers in advance to prevent burning). Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper. Place olive oil in a shallow dish. Combine panko breadcrumbs, lemon rind and parsley in a second shallow dish. Roll fish in olive oil, then in bread-crumbs, turning to coat evenly. Lightly spray both sides of fish with cooking spray. Arrange skewers on metal rack and broil three minutes on each side or until breadcrumbs begin to brown and fish is firm. Serve with Tzatziki sauce.

Ingredients:
– Fresh grouper cut into 12 equal pieces (substitute with any white meat fish)
– 1 cup plain panko breadcrumbs
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
– 4 tablespoons olive oil
– 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
– 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley (chopped)
– Non-stick cooking spray

Tzatziki Sauce
– 1 cup Greek yogurt
– 1 cucumber
– 2 tablespoons lemon juice
– garlic clove, minced
– 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
– salt & pepper to taste

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