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Spicy Fish Kabobs
Diabetic Living Magazine
“Low in fat and delicately flavored, halibut grills up moist and tender in these orange-accented kabobs.”
1½ pounds fresh or frozen halibut or swordfish steaks
¾ cup packaged peeled baby carrots
1½ cups baby yellow and/or green patty pan squash or 2 small zucchini or yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into ½-inch-thick slices
1 cup fresh sugar snap peas or pea pods, trimmed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup orange juice
1 cup quick-cooking couscous
1½ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
1Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels. Cut fish into 1-inch cubes. Set aside. In a covered medium saucepan, cook carrots in a small amount of boiling water for 1 minute; add squash and cook for 1 minute more. Drain. On six 10- to 12-inch-long skewers (see Test Kitchen Tip), alternately thread fish cubes, squash, carrots, and sugar snap peas, leaving a ¼-inch space between pieces. Set kabobs aside.
2In a small bowl, combine cumin, coriander, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over low heat. Add spice mixture; heat and stir for 1 minute. Transfer 2 tablespoons of the oil-spice mixture to a small bowl. Stir orange juice into mixture in the bowl.
3Stir couscous into remaining oil-spice mixture in saucepan. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir in broth and orange peel. Bring to boiling. Cover and remove from heat. Let stand while grilling kabobs.
4Brush some of the orange juice mixture on the kabobs. Place kabobs on the greased rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals. Grill about 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork, turning and brushing once with remaining orange juice mixture halfway through grilling. Discard any remaining orange juice mixture. Serve kabobs with couscous. Makes 6 servings (1 kabob with ½ cup couscous).
5Variation: Broiler directions: Preheat broiler. Place kabobs on the greased unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat about 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork, turning and brushing once with remaining orange juice mixture halfway through broiling. Discard any remaining orange juice mixture.
Test Kitchen Tip: If using wooden skewers, soak in enough water to cover for at least 1 hour before using.