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If you are planning on catching and grilling yellowtail this spring, I have the perfect grilled yellowtail sandwich just for you. And since most of our yellowtail come from Mexico, I figured I'd put a Mexican twist on this sandwich. How? That's easy, just add pickled jalapenos, jicama, cilantro, chipotle, Tajin seasoning and more. Plus the bread is definitely Mexican too, it's called bolillo (bo-li-jo). It's a Mexican bread favorite, leftover from the French occupation.
Why yellowtail? The San Diego Seaforth just had its first full day of yellowtail fishing at the Coronado Islands. They had 13 yellowtails by their first stop! This past winter has had all the signs of our beloved California current dominating again. So, book your trips, jump on a boat and go get some yellowtails, then start thinking about grilling yellowtail and making this delicious sandwich.
My buddy Billy Dick and his springtime yellowtail!
If you need more yellowtail recipes, check out my Yellowtail Recipes section.
Grilling Yellowtail For The Perfect Mexican Sandwich
1 pound yellowtail fillet(s)
1 red onion, sliced
2 tomatoes sliced
1 bundle green onions, sliced
1 bundle cilantro, chopped
1 jicama, peeled and chopped
3 tablespoons of sliced pickled jalapenos
2 tablespoons of pickled jalapeno juice (Mexican market)
2 tablespoons chipotle sauce (Mexican market)
Cracked black pepper
1 bottle of Tajin (Mexican spice)
5 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 bolillos (Mexican bread rolls)
Making The Grilled Yellowtail Sandwich
1. Preheat the grill to 500F. Start by seasoning your fillets with a liberal amount of Tajin. Now grill the yellowtail fillets just until the inside of the thickest part of the fillet goes from opaque to white. Usually, 3-4 minutes of cooking on each side. Immediately after cooking and while the fillets are cooling off, squeeze on some lime juice from a half of lime. The lime juice will penetrate the cooked fillets while they are hot. Set aside and allow to cool.
2. Now start creating the Mexican flavored mayonnaise by adding the mayonnaise into a medium sized bowl. Then add the green onions and a pinch of salt. Next add the chopped cilantro, sliced jicama, the juice of ½ lime and whole orange, the pickled jalapenos and finally the pickled jalapeno juice. Add a healthy pinch of cracked black pepper and now mix.
3. Hand shred the yellowtail fillet(s), and add that to the bowl, then mix.
4. Cut the Mexican bread into halves. Then brush on extra virgin olive oil onto both halves and place in a hot skillet or frying pan. Allow the bread to toast around the edges and then remove.
5. Finally, assemble the grilled yellowtail sandwich by first laying down a couple of slices of red onions on the bread followed by 4-5 large dollops of the yellowtail mixture. Then, set 2-3 slices of tomatoes on top with a touch of salt and pepper. And finally, the top bread piece. Enjoy!
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