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July Fish Recipe: Pan Seared Florida Grouper with Smoked Gouda Grits and Tomato Bacon Gravy Featured

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 Grouper is a popular fish to eat in Florida, and for good reason. It’s tasty! Grouper is mild and tastes like bass and halibut. For the month of July, we wanted to share with you a tasty and easy recipe for fried grouper!

Florida is the place to eat grouper, especially when it’s freshly caught. Grouper is a mild fish (no “fishy” taste) that can be easily flavored with different spices, which is why people love eating it. It’s easy to prepare and can be grilled, fried, steamed, or baked. It’s a white fish and firm.  For the month of July, we wanted to share with you a delicious grouper recipe that is full of flavor.

 If you plan on fishing for grouper, follow the Florida state and federal fishing regulations. Grouper are managed differently in the Gulf of Mexico versus the Atlantic and in state versus federal waters. Each species of Grouper has its own fishing rules for bag limits and sizes. Throughout the year, fishing for grouper can be prohibited at certain times. To view these state and federal regulations, visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.

If you enjoy fishing in the Tampa or Key West area or want to, you head out on the water from one of our marinas: Tampa Harbour or Key West Harbour. You can dock your boat from these marina locations before and after your fishing adventure. If you need any supplies, we have Ships Stores at our marina locations. We carry bait, fishing supplies, gear, snacks, and more!  Our Key West location has dining options if you’re hungry, and luxury suites if you need a place to stay after a long day on the water.

Now, get cooking!


Pan Seared Florida Grouper with Smoked Gouda Grits and Tomato Bacon Gravy  


Serves 4 


4 (5-7 ounce) portions Florida grouper 

2 ½ cups vegetable stock 

1 cup milk         

1 cup grits, coarse ground 

1 tablespoon butter 

1/2 cup smoked Gouda cheese, cubed 

1 teaspoon olive oil 

1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine 

1 cup thick-cut bacon, chopped small 

2 large Florida tomatoes, diced small 

1 tablespoon fresh garlic, chopped fine 

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream 

1/2 lemon, juiced 

4 scallions, sliced thin for garnish 

Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste 



Gouda Grits 

  • In a medium-sized saucepot, add 2 cups vegetable stock and 1 cup of milk.
  • Bring ingredients to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Add grits and butter and let cook according to the directions on the package of grits.
  • When the grits are cooked, add the smoked Gouda cheese and stir to combine.
  • Taste grits and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  • If the grits seem too thick, add a small amount of vegetable stock or milk until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Turn the temperature to low until the dish is ready to be plated.

Florida Grouper 

  • Preheat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the preheated pan.
  • Lightly season the grouper fillets with salt, pepper and fresh parsley.
  • Carefully place the seasoned fillets top side down in the sauté pan.
  • Cook each fillet for around 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and completely cooked throughout the thickest part of the fillet. 
  • Remove the cooked fillets from the pan and add the chopped bacon.
  • Cook the bacon until crispy and add the tomatoes and garlic.
  • Cook the tomato mixture until the tomatoes start to wilt and release their juices.
  • Add the heavy cream, lemon juice and 1/2 cup vegetable stock.
  • Quickly bring ingredients to a boil and reduce heat.
  • Taste tomato gravy and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  • Serve the grouper over a bed of grits and top with the tomato gravy.
  • Garnish with the thin sliced scallions.

Recipe courtesy of Fresh from Florida, 

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Looking for a place to dock your fishing boat? Florida Marina Clubs offers dry and wet storage slips at our Tampa Harbour and Key West Harbour locations. To contact our Tampa marina, call 813-831-1200. To contact our Key West marina, call 305-292-3121.   

Come back for another fish recipe in the month of August! 

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