- 12 ounces sheepshead filets (scaled skin)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Crimini mushrooms, sliced
- ½ small delicata squash, peeled and sliced
- 1 small purple cauliflower, broken into florets
- 3 small carrots, peeled and sliced
- 1 serrano pepper, finely sliced
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 limes, juiced
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 6 large shrimp
- 2 ounces butter
Season the fish with kosher salt. Rub salt into the filet with your hands to make sure it adheres.
Place a large sheet of foil down on the counter. This piece of foil should be 24 inches square, and you may need to use 2 sheets to get this area.
Lay a piece of parchment down the middle of the foil. The parchment should cover approximately 75% of the foil, but this is not a science.
Place the vegetables and the shrimp on the middle of the parchment sheet.
Season the vegetables with the ginger, garlic, sesame oil, lime juice and soy sauce. Mix well with your hands. Taste a small piece of carrot to make sure the seasoning is to your liking and adjust to your taste.
Place the fish filet on top of the vegetables. Crumble the butter on top of the fish.
Begin folding in the sides of the foil and parchment to make a canoe shape. The important thing here is to make sure the bottom is sealed to retain the juices and that the top is sealed well enough to keep in the steam.
Crimp the edges of the foil all around the packet.
Place the packet directly on to a grill and close the lid. Try to keep the temperature inside the grill between 350° and 400°F.
Once you can smell the steam coming out of the packet and begin to hear condensation dripping onto the coals your fish is getting close to being cooked! Wait a couple of minutes and carefully open the very top of the packet, checking to make sure the fish is white and flaky to a gentle touch.
Place the entire packet on a cutting board or tray and open at the table so guests can enjoy the aromatics.
Note: Chef John Cox lives in Santa Barbara (on a boat in the harbor) and used California Sheepshead for this recipe. Gulf Sheepshead looks different but the preparation is the same.