Kona Blue….We Love You!

by jerseygirl on October 3, 2008 · 38 comments

A big blue and white box arrived for me yesterday. Everyone in the family was excited. I couldn’t believe my children would be that excited over fish. This was not just any fish. It was Kona Kampachi. Kona Kampachi is a sushi grade Hawaiian yellow tail. It is sustainably raised in the clean waters off the coast of Hawaii. I was the lucky recipient of a giveaway Food Blogga had which was sponsored by the wonderful people at Kona Blue. Thank you Food Blogga and thank you Kona Blue. You really made my day!


I would like to tell you that the kiddies were as excited as I was to get some of the freshest fish around. But that would be a fish tale. They were excited because the fish was shipped whole. That meant we had to gut, clean and fillet the fish. For my two children, that was an adventure. Many hubbies would cringe at the thought of having to gut a fish. But my hubby took it like a man and didn’t even use gloves. He gladly gutted and cleaned the fish. I filleted it after finding a video on YouTube. It wasn’t easy but I proudly display my nice fillets.

The fish was absolutely wonderful. I coated it with some spices and sesame seeds then made a nice Asian drizzle. It cooked in minutes and I paired it with some stir fried veggies. It doesn’t get any better than that. I used Trader Joe’s frozen veggies but you could do a fresh stir fry or another type of frozen vegetable. If you get a chance, order some of this wonderful fish. It has tremendous health benefits and you won’t be disappointed.

I almost forgot to mention the Giada book signing. I hate to keep you hanging but I will give you details in my next post. Come back for a recipe from her newest book. Happy weekend!

Sesame Crusted Kona Kampachi with Asian Stir Fried Veggies

3 TBS sesame seeds
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp lemon pepper
4 Kona Kampachi fillets
2 TBS olive oil
2 TBS seasoned rice wine vinegar
2 TBS lite soy sauce
1 TBS fresh chopped cilantro
1 fresh lemon
16 oz package frozen stir fry veggies (or fresh/frozen veggies of your choice)

In a shallow bowl, mix together sesame seeds, garlic powder and pepper. Coat the fillets with the mixture. Heat the olive oil on medium high in a large fry pan. Cook the fillets for 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until they are seared. Remove from pan and keep warm on plates. Turn the heat to low and add vinegar, soy sauce and cilantro to pan. Squeeze the juice from a 1/4 of the lemon into the pan. Stir the mixture and heat until it comes to a simmer. Drizzle a spoonful of sauce on each fillet. Add the veggies to the remaining sauce and cook for another 4 to 6 minutes on medium heat while stirring occasionally. Serve the veggies next to the fish. Garnish with remaining lemon slices.

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Proud Italian Cook October 4, 2008 at 12:22 am

Lisa, Lucky you! That was quite a gift! Your hubby did a great job with the filet’s, and I love the way you prepared it! congrats!

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Rosie October 4, 2008 at 12:43 am

Lisa what a wonderful gift! You did the Kona Kampachi justice – your meal looks delish 🙂

Rosie x

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That Girl October 4, 2008 at 1:11 am

I was wondering why your fish came in a box 😉

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Emiline October 4, 2008 at 5:16 am

You lucky duck!

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HoneyB October 4, 2008 at 5:24 am

This looks really awesome!

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Beth October 4, 2008 at 7:23 am

How lucky are you!! Im not sure if I would relish gutting and filleting a fish!

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EAT! October 4, 2008 at 7:27 am

Congrats on winning the big fish!! I filleted a salmon once, and I think that will be my only time. I have become friends with my fishmonger instead. Dinner looks amazing! I love fish!!!!

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hot garlic October 4, 2008 at 8:07 am

How jealous am I?! This would be awesome. I love the recipe. A HUGE congrats on your haul, you are one lucky Jersey Girl!

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My home - My life October 4, 2008 at 8:20 am

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

That fish looks amazing – I love fish! I might have to look into gettting some of that. Never heard of it before!

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Aggie October 4, 2008 at 8:20 am

Wow what an awesome thing to receive!! That looks delicious Lisa!!

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Stacey Snacks October 4, 2008 at 9:13 am

Your hubby did a good job gutting that fish.
I love kona….only had it one time in NYC at A Voce restaurant. It was SO good.
Nice to have such fresh fish.
Congrats on another prize, you queen of the contests!!!!!

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Mary October 4, 2008 at 9:20 am

What a wonderful recipe! This looks awesome.

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lisa October 4, 2008 at 9:40 am

Congratulations–How exciting to get that awesome fish! Looks delicious.

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Clumbsy Cookie October 4, 2008 at 9:49 am

How cool Lisa! Whata a great idea ti ship fresh fish like that, glad you have that option! And congratulations for winning it. Aren’t you a lucky girl! By the way I shipped your tshirt on thursday, so you should received it this next week!

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Barbara Bakes October 4, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Sounds like a fish tale to me! I’m anxious to hear about Giada’s book. I’ve seen her demo a few things on the Today show and they sound wonderful.

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Sharon October 4, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Congrats on winning quite the prize! You did a great job filleting the fish and it looks wonderful!

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Kevin October 4, 2008 at 3:20 pm

That is one nice looking piece of fish! Congrats on winning it!

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Birdie October 4, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Good for you Lisa. I have never had Kona Kampachi, truth be told I’ve never heard of it. The meal really looks good though!

Congrats!

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~Priscilla~ October 4, 2008 at 7:40 pm

that looks delicious lisa! winning giveaways is always fun.

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Jan October 4, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Congrats on winning the fish. I’m not sure I could do the gutting, cleaning and filleting though. 🙁

Your end dish looks and sounds terrific.

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Jenny October 4, 2008 at 8:32 pm

WOW Lisa! What a treat! The fish looks phenomenal! Congrats on a great prize, we’re all jealous!

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Lucy October 4, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Lucky, lucky you, what a great gift!! and… loving that sesame coating..

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Tanya October 5, 2008 at 7:53 am

What a cool prize! Your recipe looks delicious, as always. I love how your kids were excited too, lol!

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Michele October 5, 2008 at 8:50 am

Beautiful fish!

And thanks for my morning chuckle…
Learning to fillet a fish from YouTube…priceless!

I would have made a mountain of sashimi with the Kona Kampachi. But I love your idea of a sesame crust.

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Adam October 5, 2008 at 8:53 am

Filleting your own fish? Wow talk about an adventure! That’s so neat that you won that tuna and they shipped it. Your house has certainly been eating great these past few posts 🙂

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Janna October 5, 2008 at 9:36 am

YUM! I love fish. I was like your daughter when I was a kid. My favorite meals were escargot at our favorite french restaurant and any kind of fish that my dad brought home. Today, I will gladly eat anything, for the most part. I love stinky cheese, sashimi, Asian fare and ALL fruits and veggies!

Love your blog and I will be coming back for sure. 🙂

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kat October 5, 2008 at 10:22 am

That is some wonderful looking fish!

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RecipeGirl October 5, 2008 at 10:58 am

It arrived WHOLE??? Thank god for the internet. I’d have gotten on the phone and called my hubby’s cousin (who fishes often!) What a task. Your fillets are perfect!

Lucky you winning all of this stuff. I think I just came across another blog this morning where you won something else too. I never win anything… boo hoo.

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Candy October 5, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Wow! What a real manly man you have! Looks delicious. Can’t wait to hear about your book signing. I’m going to Atlanta to meet Ingrid Hoffman on Thursday as part of my Publix win. Can’t wait!

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Nazarina A October 5, 2008 at 3:29 pm

This meal was made by a Culinary Diva! You rockkkk!!! Your dish exquisite!!

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Emily October 5, 2008 at 5:43 pm

What a great win! I am so anti touching fish that still look like fish! You have a good hubby and the results look mighty tasty too!

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Anne October 5, 2008 at 5:54 pm

That had to have been great! What a terrific thing to win!

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Heather October 5, 2008 at 7:48 pm

yay for you! that looks lovely! and good job on the filleting! you and your husband are quite talented 🙂

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Reeni October 5, 2008 at 7:55 pm

Congrats on the delicious win!

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Peter M October 5, 2008 at 10:36 pm

You lucky devils…I want my Kampachi. Kampachi are you listening???

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Allie October 6, 2008 at 9:19 am

What a great prize congrats! The meal looks wonderful!!

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Patsyk October 6, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Cool prize! Looks like a fantastic meal!

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Susan from Food Blogga October 7, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Yay! I’m so happy that the whole family partook in the process! I especially love the part about your husband gutting the fish. 😉 Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe with us, Lisa.

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