My neighbors like to go offshore fishing frequently, and in return for smoking Kingfish for them from time to time, they give me some Grouper fillets (which is probably my favorite fish to eat). I had some Grouper fillets in the freezer for a while and was trying to thing of something somewhat creative, so I ended up making some beer battered grouper sliders with a homemade key lime tarter sauce. I also topped them with a jalapeño hot sauce that was made by another BBQ YouTuber (Roel of the Pitmaster X channel) that was sent to me to try out all the way from the Netherlands!
First thing you’ll want to do is make the key lime tarter sauce.
3/4 – 1 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp key lime juice (fresh will work better if you can get your hands on some key limes…)
1 tsp yellow mustard
1 Tbsp sweet relish
1 Tbsp minced shallots
Mix ingredients together and add additional key lime juice to taste. Set in the fridge to thicken up a bit.
Now it’s time to prep the beer batter and fry the Grouper.
Slider buns of your choice (I used the King’s Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls)
Grouper fillets, cut into chunks
1 1/2 cup flour
12-16 oz light beer
Black pepper or other seasonings of your choice
In a skillet (I prefer cast iron), heat about 1/4″ – 1/2″ of vegetable or canola oil to a medium heat. Don’t go any hotter than medium or you can burn the fish. Slowly mix some beer into the flour until you end up with a pancake batter consistency. Don’t pour the whole beer in all at once or it will most likely be too runny. Dip the Grouper chunks into the beer batter and fry until each side is a light, golden brown. Once done, place on some paper towels to drain.
While the Grouper is cooking, toast the slider buns. I like to use mayonnaise instead of butter. I friend of mine taught that trick years ago and we always do that now. Try it out next time you make burgers. It’s so good!
All that’s left is to build your sliders out with whatever veggies you like (I used shredded lettuce and tomato) and top with the key lime tarter sauce. These were seriously one of the best things I’ve eaten in a while…. As usual, pics and video from start to finish below. Enjoy!