Caprese Grilled Fish + Poseidon Restaurant and a Hilton Head Vacation (Part 2)

~ Caprese Grilled Fish is a super-simple yet incredibly delicious meal that’s perfect with summer’s best tomatoes and basil! Just the kind of fresh fish recipe you’ll find on the menu at Poseidon restaurant in Hilton Head, South Carolina – or the type of recipe to make when you’re dreaming of a sunny, beachy vacation! ~

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Caprese Grilled Fish is super simple yet incredibly delicious - perfect with summer’s best tomatoes and basil! An easy grilling recipe for cookouts or casual family suppers! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com
Caprese Grilled Fish is super simple yet incredibly delicious - perfect with summer’s best tomatoes and basil! An easy grilling recipe for cookouts or casual family suppers! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com
Caprese Grilled Fish is super simple yet incredibly delicious - perfect with summer’s best tomatoes and basil! An easy grilling recipe for cookouts or casual family suppers! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

Caprese Grilled Fish is super simple yet incredibly delicious - perfect with summer’s best tomatoes and basil! An easy grilling recipe for cookouts or casual family suppers! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

Even though we’re lifelong Ohioans (well, at least for now … ), returning to the Carolina coast feels a little bit like coming home.

This year, as we pulled onto the lane leading to the condos we always stay in, I heard myself happily murmur, “We’re home …”

Caprese Grilled Fish is super simple yet incredibly delicious - perfect with summer’s best tomatoes and basil! An easy grilling recipe for cookouts or casual family suppers! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

One of the very best things about returning to a place you love is that you know what to expect … and what to look forward to. In these years when each spring is filled to overflowing with ever-changing, unpredictable kids’ schedules, it’s so refreshing to get away to somewhere that’s at least a tiny bit predictable … not in a boring way, but in a welcoming, you’re-right-where-you-belong way.

For us, that spring break happy place is Hilton Head.

Caprese Grilled Fish is super simple yet incredibly delicious - perfect with summer’s best tomatoes and basil! An easy grilling recipe for cookouts or casual family suppers! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

All those favorite must-do, checklist activities I told you about yesterday? Yep – they were all there, waiting for us!

But here’s the thing. As much as we desperately need a little sanity each spring, a little predictability, we’re always scouting for new adventures, too. Luckily, Hilton Head has both … and each year our must-do list seems to grow longer and longer!

Caprese Grilled Fish is super simple yet incredibly delicious - perfect with summer’s best tomatoes and basil! An easy grilling recipe for cookouts or casual family suppers! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

One of our favorite adventures is simply biking around the island. Hilton Head has miles and miles of fabulous, paved bike trails and lots of hard-pack sand that’s terrific for beach biking. We’re always discovering new parts of the island while getting great exercise, too!

Caprese Grilled Fish is super simple yet incredibly delicious - perfect with summer’s best tomatoes and basil! An easy grilling recipe for cookouts or casual family suppers! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

My advice? If you’re planning a trip to HHI, you can certainly tote along your own bikes – that’s what we did the first year. But it’s so much easier just to rent beach-ready bikes with big, knobby tires when you get there – plus you don’t have to worry about the salt spray corroding your own bikes. Just my two cents.

Caprese Grilled Fish is super simple yet incredibly delicious - perfect with summer’s best tomatoes and basil! An easy grilling recipe for cookouts or casual family suppers! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

Another thing we love about the beach is the simple joy of seeing dolphins. Never seems to get old. A couple of years ago, we rented a little speed boat and spent a blissful, surf-sprayed afternoon finding more dolphins than we’d ever imagined, placidly swimming in the saltwater inlets that surround HHI. We were charmed and delighted.

This year, we decided to forgo the pricier speedboat and rent kayaks instead. Another great way to see wildlife up close. We played hide-and-seek with a lone dolphin that Amy named Heidi (you know … Heidi … hide-and-seek … 😀 ). At times, she (ok … we’re guessing … Heidi might actually have been a Harold … but go with me here …) she was so close we probably could have touched her with our paddles. We were thrilled as she’d surface and stare closely at us with her big, sweet eye … only to dive down again and swim off in a totally different direction, sending us giggling and paddling furiously to catch up again.

Caprese Grilled Fish is super simple yet incredibly delicious - perfect with summer’s best tomatoes and basil! An easy grilling recipe for cookouts or casual family suppers! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

And while I’m spouting advice and recommending adventures to you, I’ll just throw out Savannah as a great little day trip option. It’s less than an hour’s easy drive from Hilton Head and has a historic river walk and all those famed, picturesque squares – each filled with ancient, drooping trees and quaint paths.

Caprese Grilled Fish is super simple yet incredibly delicious - perfect with summer’s best tomatoes and basil! An easy grilling recipe for cookouts or casual family suppers! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

Savannah has a storied, vibrant past (think burly pirates and Civil War heroes). It’s also the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts. Any good Scout will want at least a quick peek at one (or both) of her homes … gotta say you’ve been there, right?!?

We’d done a quick trolley tour of the city on an earlier visit, just ducking by Savannah as we headed for home, but this year we decided to make a whole day of it. The kids even talked us into staying late into the evening for a ghost tour – their first ever, and they seriously loved it!

Caprese Grilled Fish is super simple yet incredibly delicious - perfect with summer’s best tomatoes and basil! An easy grilling recipe for cookouts or casual family suppers! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

So many new adventures! But as an avid foodie, many of my very most favorite adventures involve food. (You’re totally not surprised by this, I know!) An awesome new find this year? Hilton Head’s Poseidon restaurant, which just opened in 2015.

Caprese Grilled Fish is super simple yet incredibly delicious - perfect with summer’s best tomatoes and basil! An easy grilling recipe for cookouts or casual family suppers! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

It’s chic and upscale, yet relaxing and beachy, too. Poseidon sits along the banks of Broad Creek, in the Shelter Cove Towne Center, with a gorgeous waterfront view across a landscaped park. Looking for spectacular sunsets along with ocean-fresh seafood? Game on! Especially with Poseidon’s in-house Sunset Celebration countdown!

Poseidon boasts an oyster bar (called “The World is Your Oyster” Bar – fun, huh?!?), lots of outdoor seating around their NautiBar, and a live entertainment nightclub called The Rooftop.

Caprese Grilled Fish is super simple yet incredibly delicious - perfect with summer’s best tomatoes and basil! An easy grilling recipe for cookouts or casual family suppers! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

Scott and I really and truly meant to have a date night at The Rooftop – we truly did. But in the end, we realized we just wanted to hang out with the kids a little more. They’re off to college in four short years … that time’s just ticking away. But next time? Next time … look out, Rooftop … I’m comin’ for ya!

And until then, I can keep that beachy-fun vibe going back home with this fantastic Caprese Grilled Fish recipe, which Chef Brad Blake happily shared with us … to share with you! (An interesting sidenote – it turned out that Poseidon is a sister restaurant to our long-time favorite, Skull Creek Boathouse, so Chef Blake offered us today’s recipe, as well as the recipe for Skull Creek’s amazing Sea Island Seafood Stew, which we shared in yesterday’s post.)

Although the Caprese Grilled Fish isn’t a regular menu item at Poseidon, it perfectly showcases Poseidon’s focus on fresh seafood, and is exactly the type of recipe they might feature as a daily special.

Caprese Grilled Fish is super simple yet incredibly delicious - perfect with summer’s best tomatoes and basil! An easy grilling recipe for cookouts or casual family suppers! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

And just as this recipe is a quintessential expression of Poseidon’s food philosophy, it’s also spot-on for THK – easy, healthy, and fabulously delicious!

Mild white fish is quickly grilled, then topped with a just-minutes-to-prepare caprese topping. It’s the perfect summer dinner, bursting with the flavors of juicy tomatoes and fresh basil.

To make it even easier, we’ve got a few tips:

Selecting Your Fish – Chef Blake suggests using sustainably caught fish, and of course Poseidon prefers to source locally whenever they can (which, sadly, isn’t always so easy for those of us in Ohio). Ideally, for this fish recipe, you want to select a meaty fish such as cobia or grouper. Here in Ohio, though, those can be tough to find and pretty expensive. So, in addition to testing this recipe for you with grouper, we also tried easily obtainable, less expensive tilapia. Both worked beautifully and were absolutely delicious. Talk to your fishmonger for a recommendation on the day you’re shopping, and let pricing specials and whatever’s freshest and sustainably sourced be your guide in choosing. To learn more about sustainability, we suggest checking out the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch.

Caprese Grilled Fish is super simple yet incredibly delicious - perfect with summer’s best tomatoes and basil! An easy grilling recipe for cookouts or casual family suppers! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

Use the Best Ingredients Possible – Because this recipe is so very simple, choosing the best and most flavorful summer tomatoes, and a good quality balsamic (as well as lovely fish) will elevate this dish to something truly wonderful.

Grilling Tips – We tested grilling the fish in a couple of different ways – both in one large piece, which we then cut into smaller portions for serving (as shown in our photos) – and also in four pre-portioned pieces. Both options worked great. Pre-portioned pieces may be a bit easier for you to position and flip during grilling. But, if you really want to earn some ooooooohs and aaaaaaahs at a cookout, one larger piece makes a gorgeous display, brought to the table on a serving platter.

Also, we grilled our fish directly on our grill’s grates for nice grill marks. However, an even easier option might be to use one of those nonstick grill toppers specifically designed for veggies, shrimp and fish. You won’t get those perfect sear lines, but you also won’t have to worry about any beautiful pieces of fish falling sadly through the grill grates into the flames below.

Caprese Grilled Fish is super simple yet incredibly delicious - perfect with summer’s best tomatoes and basil! An easy grilling recipe for cookouts or casual family suppers! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

Make It Your Own – The caprese topping is easily adjustable to fit your tastes and the exact flavors of the produce you’re using (for instance, are your tomatoes more sweet or acidic?). Feel free to add more garlic, or amp up the basil, or dial back the balsamic – whatever you’d prefer. Give the caprese topping a quick taste after you’ve mixed it all together and play with the flavors so they’re spot-on perfect for you! Also, although this recipe should make a nice amount for four people, it’s a total snap to scale it up for a summer party or down for a romantic dinner for two!

Make It a Meal – We loved Chef Blake’s suggested serving ideas for this grilled fish. It’s terrific nestled alongside some pasta (we’re hoping you pick whole grain, of course!), and some fresh or wilted spinach. A perfect summer meal … as easy-breezy-awesome as a day at the beach!

Caprese Grilled Fish is super simple yet incredibly delicious - perfect with summer’s best tomatoes and basil! An easy grilling recipe for cookouts or casual family suppers! | www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com

So, definitely, if you’re heading to Hilton Head anytime soon, make sure Poseidon’s on your to-do list … along with all that biking and beaching! And do me a favor: be sure to hit The Rooftop, and drop me a note to taunt me (kindly 🙂 ) with stories of all the fun we missed there!

In the meantime … you can whip up this easy Caprese Grilled Fish, and we can enjoy a beachy daydream together!

Shelley sig

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Caprese Grilled Fish

Preparation 15 min. 2017-04-24T00:15:00+00:00 Cook Time 10-16 min. 2017-04-24T00:00:00+00:00
Serves Approximately 4 4-ounce servings of fish + topping     adjust servings

Ingredients

For the Caprese Topping

  • 1 1/2 cups seeded, diced tomatoes (about 2-3 medium tomatoes)
  • 2 ounces (about a heaping 1/3 cup) cubed fresh mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

For the Grilled Fish

  • 1 1/4 pounds firm white fish (tilapia, grouper or cobia; see note)
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

For the Caprese Topping:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, vinegar, 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon black pepper. Let rest for 10-15 minutes while you prepare fish.

For the Grilled Fish:

  1. Prepare and preheat grill.
  2. Brush fish thoroughly on both sides with 1 teaspoon olive oil, and then sprinkle ¼ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon black pepper evenly over both sides. You can choose to cut the fish into individual portions before grilling, or wait until afterwards.
  3. Grill fish over medium heat. Allow the first side to sear for about 3-4 minutes, until lightly golden brown grill marks form. Then rotate the fish about 90 degrees (still grilling on the first side), to create cross-hatched grill marks, grilling for about another 3-4 minutes.
  4. Flip fish to second side and continue grilling until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily when tested with a fork, about another 4-8 minutes, depending on thickness.

To Serve:

  1. Spoon caprese topping over fish.

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Recipe Notes

Fish: Chef Blake suggests using locally caught, sustainable fish, and looking for a meaty fish such as cobia or grouper. We've tested this recipe with both grouper, and with tilapia (which is much less expensive and easier to find here in Ohio). To learn more about sustainability, we suggest checking out the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch at www.seafoodwatch.org.

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Caprese Grilled Fish + Poseidon Restaurant and a Hilton Head Vacation (Part 2) — 11 Comments

    • Me too! I love taking my bestie to new places! 😉 We have a bike rack for the back of our car that we use sometimes when we go on vacation, but there is a really nice bike rental shop near where we usually stay on Hilton Head, which saves the hassle of toting four bikes all the way down there! ~Amy

    • Oooooh you definitely have to try Savannah! I’ve never been anywhere else quite like it … there must be something about the live oaks dripping with Spanish moss and the winding streets surrounding greens full of vibrant flowers and huge old statues that gives it so much character! And the riverwalk is just full of fun little shops! I love it almost as much as I love this fish recipe … which is a lot!!!! ~Amy

  1. We visited Hilton Head two summers ago and Savannah last summer! Definitely a place to return to. Love your recap and the fish sounds delicious!!

    • We love Hilton Head! (And Savannah, too!) I think it’s really cool that so many other people also love going there! I guess some places just have that sort of magnetism that keeps pulling you back! 😀 Probably one of the best things about Hilton Head (and any beach, really) is the fresh seafood, and I’m so happy to have brought this recipe back with us! ~Amy

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