Pineapple Marinated Fish
Food and Drink

By Norman Van Aken. Excerpted from VANILLA TABLE, The essence of exquisite cooking from the world’s best chefs by Natasha MacAller (Jacqui Small LLP). Text © Natasha MacAller 2013.

Pineapple Marinated Fish

"This requires an extraction juicer to make, but it is a great machine to own for many reasons. The recipe is also very fine for finishing grilled pork ribs, as well as marinating a fatty fish for the grill or a hot wok, or as a dressing for luxuriously rich fruits!"


For the grilled fish and fruit:

8–12 bamboo skewers soaked in water

4 pieces grey triggerfish, or hapuku bass, or similar firm white fish

4- to 6-ounces each: Selection of fresh fruit such as mango, pineapple, nectarines, kiwi, figs with skin on, thickly sliced 


For the pineapple vanilla vinaigrette:

3 cups pineapple juice, freshly extracted from 1 large pineapple

1 1/2 tablespoons juice of jalapeño, stems and seeds discarded

2 vanilla pods, split in half lengthways and scraped

2 tablespoons cider wine vinegar

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons tamari or light soy sauce

Kosher or sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

GENTLY SIMMER the freshly extracted pineapple juice, jalapeno juice and scrapped vanilla pods, with seeds, into a saucepan/pot and simmer until reduced down to 1 cup, stirring occasionally. Place the reduction in a clean mixing bowl. Whisk in the remaining ingredients, season with salt and pepper, then cover and chill until needed. 

SOAK skewers in water for at least 30 minutes. 

PAT FISH dry and place in a baking dish. Brush each piece with a generous portion of the vinaigrette and allow fish to marinate for 20 to 30 minutes as the grill heats up. Carefully skewer fruit, brush with marinade and set aside. 

WHEN READY to cook, wipe the grill lightly with oil, and place fruit skewers and fish on the grill. Carefully turn when sides of fish turn opaque and fruit has seared. Serve immediately with additional vinaigrette on the side.