I was worried about how I'd find Gulf Shores, a town that primarily survives on summer tourism and seafood sales to make it through the off-season. There were definitely more empty rental houses than I've ever seen in July and very little foot traffic "downtown" among souvenir shops, but the white sandy beaches were absolutely as beautiful as they've ever been. In fact, with all the sand sifting that's going on to remove "tar balls," the beaches are cleaner than ever - and the water is crystal clear with no oil to be seen.
Last week we celebrated with daily swims and seafood dinners, and here's a simple recipe I used one night at home.
We got fresh Mahi Mahi, dill, and a lemon, and then stuffed them all into aluminum foil packets for the grill. The result was delicious and super easy!
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Beachy Fish in Foil
2 white fish fillets (we used Mahi Mahi)
3 tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
Juice of half a lemon
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
Salt and pepper, to taste
Half a lemon, sliced thin
Mix together the juice of half a lemon, olive oil, dill, and Old Bay. Add salt and pepper to taste. Immerse both fillets in the mixture, coat on each side.
Place each fillet on a large sheet of aluminum foil. Arrange 2-3 lemon slices on top of the fish, and top with leftover lemon mixture. Carefully seal all edges of foil to form enclosed packets. Place packets on a heated charcoal grill and cook for 15-20 minutes, checking for flakiness. Do not over-cook.