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Grilled grouper fish steak sandwich with cilantro-dijonnaise sauce and 2022 AIX Rose

(Photo by Carlos Sarmiento)

Living in Florida, especially in Miami where it's perpetually summer all year blesses many with the opportunity of enjoying time by the water.

Whether it is by the beach or by a pool, there's something special about enjoying good seafood, even more so when it's a local catch!

For me, there's nothing more savory than food that is grilled. You'd be surprised how quickly and delicious grilled seafood can be.

Let‘s get cooking!

Menu: Grilled grouper fish steak sandwich with cilantro-dijonnaise sauce.

Wine pairing: 2022 AIX Rosé (AOP Coteaux-d'Aix-en-Provence, France)

Serves 2



  • 2 skinless grouper fish steaks (approx 3/4 lbs each)

  • Sea salt & cracked pepper

  • Extra Virgin olive oil

  • Grape seed oil (for grill)

  • 1 lemon (half of the lemon to be used for squeezing juice on fish, other half cut into thick slices to be grilled and used as garnish).


  • 4 tablespoons of Mayo

  • 2 tablespoons of dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon of relish

  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro

  • 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon of freshly minced lemon zest


  • 2 hamburger style buns or brioche buns

  • 1 medium white onion, cut into thick slices

  • 1 medium tomato, cut into thin slices

  • Optional: cheese slices (provolone, Gouda or American)

Side dish:



  • In a small bowl, mix all sauce ingredients until smooth. Cover and place in refrigerator until serving time.


  • Season fish steaks on both sides with sea salt, cracked pepper, olive oil and some drops of fresh lemon juice.

  • Preheat grill to 350 degrees F and carefully coat grill grates with grapeseed oil.

  • Grill grouper steaks for approximately 4-6 minutes on each side (turning fish 90 degrees after the first 3-4 minutes, so as to create cross-hatch grill marks). Turn fish over and repeat.

  • Remove fish from grill (keep warm).

  • At the same time, grill thick slices of onions and lemon slices (approx 2-3 minutes each side). Remove from grill and set aside.

Serve it up!

On each individual plate, place open sandwich bun on center of plate. Spread dijonnaise sauce on both buns. Place fish steak on top of bottom bun. Top with cheese (optional), a thick slice of grilled onion and some fresh tomato slices. Top off with top bun and garnish sides with potato chips and grilled lemon.

Bon appetit! Enjoy!

(Photo by Carlos Sarmiento)

(Photo by Carlos Sarmiento)

(Photo by Carlos Sarmiento)

About the wine...

2020 AIX Rosé (AOP Coteaux-d'Aix-en-Provence, France)

(Photo by Carlos Sarmiento)

(Photo by Carlos Sarmiento)

The 2022 vintage was the driest year in France since records began 500 years ago. Thankfully the high elevation and sustainable wine-growing practices of Maison Saint Aix mitigated much of the impact.

2022 started with a cold and dry January, which resulted in a later budburst than usual. Luckily, the shoots subsequently grew rapidly as spring was generally dry and warm. Flowering occurred in a perfect weather window with little wind, resulting in good fruit set.

The summer was one of extreme dryness. Thankfully, late rains in August rejuvenated the vines and canopy, and the cooler nights maintained good acidity.

The grapes show good acidity and are well-balanced. Yields are slightly lower than in previous years however, the quality is once again outstanding.

Tasting notes: A hypnotizing pale pink color with notes of raspberries, white floral blossoms, and stone fruits. Refreshingly crisp and dry with a mineral finish.


60% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 20% Syrah

Food pairing: pairs nicely with salmon, lobster, light salads, and grilled chicken


93 Points

Tasting Panel

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Special thanks to my friends at Kobrand Wine and Spirits for this outstanding wine pairing collaboration.


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(Selfie by yours truly, grilling)

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