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Chef Ty's Zuppa di Pesce with Creamed Grits

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These are the flavors you get when you visit Chef Ty Thames in Starkville, Mississippi! He is owner and executive chef of Restaurant Tyler and Bin 612. He is also the 2015 Mississippi Seafood King for out-competing 11 worthy components with his shrimp-crusted red snapper (recipe can be found in our dinner collection on yummly!). The ingredients and steps below are for the Zuppa di Pesce and Creamed Grits recipes.


  • 7 oz. amberjack fillets (although any Gulf-fresh fish will work!)
  • 18 shrimp (wild-American, size 21/25)
  • 3 strips bacon
  • 1 pt. oysters (shucked Gulf of Mexico)
  • 3 cups clam juice
  • 3 cups grits
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato puree (each of, and white wine)
  • 6 oz. coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 qt. half & half
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 lime
  • 2 cups Parmesan cheese (high quality)
  • 1/2 cup mint (each of, and parsley)
  • 1 Tbsp. ground fennel seed
  • 1 tsp. ground red pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. salt
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    1. For the creamed grits - In a sauce pot, bring half & half, salt and pepper, and 1 cup of water to a boil. Add grits and turn heat down to low. For the first 10-minutes, stir every 2-minutes. After that, stir every 8 to 10 minutes for a total cooking time of 40 minutes. Finish by stirring in butter and cheese.
    2. For the zuppa di pesce - Put vegetable oil in a saute pan and bring to smoking point. While the oil is heating, cut bacon strips in half and wrap each shrimp. Once oil is hot, gently lay the Amberjack fillets (seasoned to taste with salt and pepper) into the pan and sear until golden brown. Flip and add shrimp. Once shrimp are golden brown on one side: flip, cook until done, remove. Once fish is golden brown on both sides, remove from pan.
    3. Place garlic in hot pan and deglaze with white wine. Reduce by half and add clam juice, tomato puree, coconut milk, juice from lime and seasonings. Reduce liquid by half again and add oysters. Cook for 5-minutes.
    4. Remove from heat and stir in butter and herbs. Taste to adjust seasoning.