Grilled Whole Sea Bream with Chile Glaze
The Guajillo (wha-hee-oh) chile is the most common dried chile in Mexico after the Ancho. The flavor of the Guajillo is distinct, slightly fruity with a strong piney, berry under taste. Guajillo flavors dished easily so a little goes a long way. This chile is between a 2-4 on the heat scale of 1-10. Guajillo, combined with the Passilla and Ancho, form the holy trinity of chiles used to prepare the traditional mole sauces.
A mildly hot chile. Use in sauces, salsa, soups and your favorite chile. A little goes a long way.
6 guajillo chiles (about 1 ounce)
2 large dried ancho chiles
3 1/2 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons chopped garlic
2 1/2 tablespoons dark agave nectar (preferably organic)
3/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup grapefruit juice
5 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro plus additional for garnish
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1 1 1/4- to 1 1/2-pound whole sea bream, striped bass, or wild-caught rainbow snapper, cleaned, scaled, gutted (1 to 1 1/4 pounds after prep)
Special equipment: Large grilling basket
Toast guajillo and ancho chiles in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat until slightly darker in color, 1 to 2 minutes per side for guajillo chiles and about 3 minutes per side for ancho chiles. Using tongs, carefully transfer toasted chiles to sheet of foil and cool. Remove stems and seeds from all chiles, then crumble chiles finely into small bowl.
Sprinkle sugar over bottom of heavy large saucepan. Cook over medium heat without stirring, occasionally swirling and tilting pan, until sugar dissolves and becomes medium golden brown syrup, 7 to 8 minutes. Turn off heat. Add chopped garlic and stir 20 seconds. Mix in agave nectar and crumbled chiles stir 1 minute. Add all citrus juices. Bring mixture to boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until glaze thickens enough to coat spoon, about 20 minutes. Strain glaze into small microwave-safe bowl, pressing hard on chile solids to release all liquid. Discard solids in strainer. Mix in fish sauce. Season glaze to taste with salt and pepper.
DO AHEAD: Glaze can be prepared up to 3 days ahead. Cool, cover, and refrigerate. Rewarm glaze in microwave before continuing. Mix 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro into glaze.
Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Coat inside of large grilling basket with nonstick spray. Wipe fish dry inside and out. Score each side of fish 3 times, cutting to bone. Sprinkle fish inside and out with salt and cayenne.
Place fish in basket place on grill rack. Close grill and cook 6 minutes. Turn basket and brush 2 tablespoons glaze over fish, opening basket if necessary and closing again. Cover grill. Cook fish until just opaque in center, about 7 minutes.
Turn fish out onto platter. Brush 2 tablespoons glaze over. Top with cilantro.