Dragon Fruit Is The Unexpected Pairing Your Fish Needs

Dragon fruit peel and purple yam
Dragon fruit peel and purple yam - perfectloop123/Shutterstock

Citrus might be one of the most common types of fruit to pair with seafood, but it isn't the only way to complement the catch-of-the-day. Rather than limit yourself to lemons, limes, and oranges, why not take a more tropical approach when deciding which fruit to match with your filets? To give fish recipes a makeover, consider introducing fresh dragon fruit into the mix.

Dragon fruit tends to have a mild and mellow flavor profile that imparts another dimension of depth without detracting from the protein. This makes it a fabulous companion to equally delicate white fish like cod or mahi mahi. Additionally, because the fruit does have a sweet edge (especially true of yellow-skinned varieties), it can balance the savoriness and saltiness of offerings such as salmon or mackerel. Since dragon fruit recalls flavors of refreshingly crisp kiwi and juicy pear coupled with a hint of citrus-like acidity, it even works to cut through the richness of fattier fish like tuna.

Aside from flavor enhancement, pairing dragon fruit with fish also makes sense from a textural standpoint. Essentially, dragon fruit complements both firm and flaky filets alike thanks to its crunchy yet creamy nature. What's more, both the white and red-fleshed versions of the tropical produce add massively to a dish's visual appeal.

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How To Pair Dragon Fruit And Fish Like A Pro

Dragon fruit pieces on plate
Dragon fruit pieces on plate - Bigc Studio/Shutterstock

There are endless ways to pair dragon fruit with fish. You can cut the fruit into cubes and add them into a loaded sushi roll or tropical-inspired snapper ceviche. Similarly, pieces of fresh dragon fruit can be used to top a smoked salmon carpaccio or sea bass crudo. Otherwise, you can craft a salad or slaw to serve with crispy fried filets. Better yet, make a fruit-forward salsa featuring dragon fruit to garnish citrusy blackened fish tacos.

Moreover, the juicy fruit can be transformed into some sort of sauce that's suitable for accompanying filets prepared in a frill-free way. For example, dragon fruit can be cooked down into a bright coulis that's perfect to spoon over seared filets of haddock. Likewise, filets of delicately poached tilapia or roasted salmon benefit from a dollop of sweet dragon fruit compote. Even grilled swordfish steaks can be upgraded when brushed with a glaze of dragon fruit and spicy chilis.

Because dragon fruit boasts such an eye-catching exterior, the peel can be repurposed to maximize the produce to its fullest. After slicing it in two and carefully scooping out the flesh, a hollowed half can be used as the serving vessel for poke or a seafood salad. That said, whether it's used as a garnish or as the focal point of a recipe, dragon fruit is a must when preparing fish!

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