Jerk Plantain Seared Triple Tail, Chocolate Calypso Beans, Red Guava and Carambola Salad

Recipe courtesy of Mona Foy, Executive Chef, The Fat Snook Restaurant, Cocoa Beach, FL
Show: Emeril's Florida Episode: Space Coast
TOTAL TIME: 10 hr 55 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive Prep: 8 hr
Cook: 2 hr 25 min
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate


  • 2 pounds calypso beans
  • 2 cups medium-diced onion
  • 2 poblano peppers, medium dice
  • 10 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon crushed red peppers
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 quarts chicken stock
  • Two 12-ounce bottles brown ale beer, such as Cigar City Maduro
  • 2 melting discs Mexican chocolate, such as Taza (about 2.7 ounces each)
  • Salt
    • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon brown sugar
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon ground allspice, toasted
    • 3/4 tablespoon dark rum
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 4 cloves garlic
    • 1 1/2 bunches green onion, chopped
    • 1/2 habanero pepper, seeded and deveined
      • 4 green plantains
      • 1 fresh lime, juiced
      • Salt
      • Four 6-ounce portions fresh fish, such as triple tail, snapper or grouper
      • 1 to 2 tablespoons clarified butter
        • 2 large shallots, thinly sliced on a mandoline
        • 1 cup peeled and julienned jicama
          • 2 red guavas, peeled, quartered and julienned
          • 1 carambola (starfruit), discolored edges removed, julienned
          • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
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          For the chocolate calypso beans: Rinse the beans. Rehydrate the beans by soaking them overnight. Drain and rinse.

          In a large stockpot, saute the onion, poblano peppers and garlic in the olive oil until translucent; do not let the garlic brown.

          Heat the cumin, crushed red peppers, allspice and cinnamon in a small dry saute pan until toasted.

          To the sauteed onion mixture, add the beans, toasted spices, chicken stock and brown ale. Raise the heat to high, bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer.

          Add the chocolate and simmer, stirring often, until the beans are tender, about 2 hours. When beans are tender, season with salt. Taste and adjust seasonings.

          For the wet jerk rub: Blend the brown sugar, soy sauce, allspice, rum, thyme, cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic, green onion and habanero together in blender until smooth. Set aside.

          For the crusted fish: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

          Peel and grate the plantains on box grater. Combine the plantains, lime juice, 4 tablespoons of the wet jerk rub and some salt in a bowl and mix to create the crust.

          Season the fish with salt and top each piece with a layer of the jerk plantain crust. Heat the clarified butter in a large oven-proof saute pan over medium-high heat. Sear the fish crust-side down until the crust is caramelized, about 30 seconds, being careful not to burn. Flip the fish and transfer the pan to the oven. Bake until cooked through, about 7 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. Do not overcook!

          For the pickled shallots and jicama: Place the shallots and jicama in a heat-proof bowl. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, vinegar and 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil. Pour over the shallots and jicama and let cool at room temperature. Set aside.

          For the guava and carambola salad: Combine the guavas, carambola, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil and the pickled shallot and jicama mixture and season with salt to taste.

          To serve: Top the chocolate calypso beans with the jerk plantain encrusted fish. Top with a portion of the salad mixture that will compliment size of fish.


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