Tropical Recipes for the Grill

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Here are some great recipes to use with your private villa BBQ Grill! If you’re looking for a chance to try some of the local cuisine, here are some recipe ideas that combine regional tropical flavors with fresh fish. Best of all, they can be made on the grill, giving you time to enjoy the sunny climate while cooking.

Grilled Conch

Conch is a common food in Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas and South Florida. Though it is often fried into fritters, it can also be excellent marinated and served on the grill.

You need:

Conch meat, which is found at local fish markets or in the frozen section of local grocery stores

Habanero pepper sauce, often called “scotch bonnet”

2 limes

3-4 cloves garlic

2 Tablespoons butter

Salt and pepper

Olive oil

Aluminum foil

Create a marinade by blending the butter, garlic and juice from the limes with salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste. Coat the conch meat lightly with olive oil and place it in the foil. Create a foil packet for every two or three pieces of meat to ensure even cooking. Pour the marinade over the top, and place the sealed foil packets on a hot grill for three to five minutes on each side. Leave the hot packets for a few minutes in the foil to enhance the flavors.

Coconut Lemongrass Fish with Mango Salsa

This is a more Asian-inspired recipe, but it uses many ingredients that are common in tropical areas like Turks and Caicos. One of the tastiest and most economical ways to eat fish here is to work with local fishermen and get fresh fish right off the boat. It saves money if you know how to fillet a whole fish, but if you don’t, it’s also easy to ask fishermen to fillet the fish for a small fee.

In addition to the fish, you need:

1 can coconut milk

Lemongrass

Fish sauce

3 limes

Scotch bonnet hot sauce

3 mangoes

1 medium onion

1 red bell pepper

Soy sauce

6 cloves of garlic

1 bunch of cilantro

Apple cider vinegar

Brown sugar or honey

Salt, pepper and olive oil

To make the marinade, combine 1/4 cup of coconut milk, 1/4 cup of fish sauce, the juice of 1 fresh lime, 3 crushed garlic cloves, 2 chopped lemongrass stalks (only use the soft, white interior), 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar or honey and 1/2 cup of olive oil. Add hot sauce to taste. Set some of the marinade aside for later. Soak the fish in the rest of the marinade for one to four hours in the refrigerator.

To make the salsa, combine 3 mangoes, 1/2 an onion, the bell pepper and the bunch of cilantro. Dice all ingredients finely. Add 1-3 finely chopped jalapenos or habanero peppers if you want your salsa to have a kick. Add 3 cloves of finely diced garlic, the juice from 2 limes and 2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Toss the salsa mixture well and add a dash of soy sauce to taste.

Remove the fish from the marinade and salt and pepper the fillets generously. Brush the grill with olive oil and cook until done. The amount of cooking time depends on the species and thickness of the fish you catch. Serve the fish atop some fresh rice, top it with the mango salsa, and drizzle the marinade you set aside on top of the fish and the rice.

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These recipes are easy to cook up on the grill outside your rental villa. You can find our villas at TC Villas . Contact TC Villas at info@tcvillas.com or by phone from 9-5 EST at 1.877.467.4858 to book your perfect beachfront vacation rental villa!

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