Blackened Cobia and the Nashville Lifestyles Bartender Bash!
I’ve never really been a huge seafood eater. Besides the occasional catfish and shrimp, we are pretty landlocked here in Nashville and as such don’t always have access to really fresh seafood. But that all changed a few months ago when Chris and Robert come from Baton Rouge up to Nashville to start the Louisiana Seafood Company. I positively raved about their fresh shrimp in this previous post.
The first fish I actually bought from them was cobia, also known as lemon fish. So far, it’s become one of my favorites. Cobia is a firm, white fish and it was so fresh that when I smelled it, there was no “fishy” scent – instead it smelled like the ocean. I crusted the fish with some of my homemade dry rub and seared it an an extremely hot pan to get it “blackened”. Such a meaty fish, really moist, and flaky – it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites!
Another reason I love these guys is last Friday at Night Market, they grabbed some towels and a fillet knife and started shucking fresh oysters for everyone! Let’s just say they created quite the line with their impromptu oyster bar. It was delicious.
So, take advantage of this opportunity, and get thee to the Nashville Farmer’s Market to check out Chris and Robert’s place. They open up Friday mornings and go until Sunday afternoon. They sell out, so make sure to get there quickly! And even if you aren’t a huge seafood fan, go there to get their amazing boudin (pork/rice sausage) and andouille (smoked pork sausage). You will fall in love. Go check ’em out!
In other news, today is one of Nashville’s most popular event – the Nashville Lifestyle’s Bartender Bash. Basically, you have all of Nashville’s top bartenders making cocktails, for a chance to win “Best Martini”, “Most Unique Cocktail”, and “People’s Choice Cocktail”. Here are the details:
When: Today! Thursday, August 25 from 6-8pm
Where: Union Station Hotel
And guess what – I’m one of the judges for the event along with the amazing Morgan and Christy from Nashvillest! We will be tasked with tasting all of these amazing cocktails and deciding on the first two accolades! (I know…it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!)
Hopefully, you’ve already bought tickets, but if you still have to, get over to their website now and get some! At $25, it’s a steal – you get two free Grey Goose cocktails, a sampling from all the bartenders, and some cool appetizers!
And if you see me around, come say hi! I’d love to meet you!
(recipe from Jacques Leonardi of Jacques Imo’s in New Orleans, LA)
4 4oz pieces of cobia or lemonfish
1/3 cup paprika
1/3 cup salt
1/4 cup powdered garlic
1/4 cup freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons powdered onion
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons dried thyme
Combine all the ingredients and mix. Store in a sealed container.
Get a pan (preferably cast iron) over medium high heat. Add some oil and wait until the oil is almost at the smoke point. Dredge the fish in the spice mixture, pat off any excess, and lay the fish in the pan. Cook for about 3 minutes until you have a really nice sear and flip the fish over. Cook on the other side for another 2-3 minutes until cooked through. Remove from the pan and let rest for just 1 or 2 minutes.
Serve over a side of your choice. It’s summer and hot now. So I just wanted a really easy salad – cucumbers, lettuce, some cherry tomatoes, and bell pepper was good enough for me!