After weeks of hair-pulling, nagging, whining, and fretting, WE HAVE ALBACORE and I am more popular than ever. I have been asking my fish plant and fishermen buddies what they like to do with crazy fresh albacore when they can get their hands on it. Nearly every person who answered started out with, “You cube it up, wrap it in bacon, then soak it in…” The … is the variable here. Wrap it in bacon is the rule. Duh.
I decided to post a recipe that would combine what I considered the best ideas from the “wrap it in bacon marinate it in …” school of thought. Enjoy the tasty fish plant wisdom. I have learned from experience that people who process fish know how to cook it VERY well. This recipe was shamelessly plagiarized from many wise sources. I have included grilling instructions, but you can accomplish crispy bacon and tender fish by broiling, which is what I did tonight as I was test driving this recipe once again.
Bacon Wrapped Albacore
1 lb albacore loin cut into medallions 1-1.5″ thick, rinsed and patted dry.
6 strips of thick cut bacon
2 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sake
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp fresh peeled and grated ginger
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp brown sugar
A dash of fresh ground pepper
1. Cook bacon in a frying pan until it is halfway done.
2. Wrap each albacore medallion tightly in a strip of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
3. Combine butter, soy sauce, sake, lemon juice, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, and pepper in a small saucepan and heat slowly, stirring constantly, until combined.
4. In a large bowl, pour half of the mixture over the bacon wrapped albacore medallions and let marinate for 15 minutes.
5. Lightly oil your hot grill. Grill steaks for 6 minutes on the first side. Flip the steaks over and baste with reserved marinade. Cook the medallions for an additional 4 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.