Spice Rubbed Trigger Fish & Goat Cheese Grit Cake Recipe

Southern Spiced Trigger

Spices—yield .5 cup

2 tbsp. dried onion flakes

1 tbsp. garlic powder

4 tsp. dried thyme

2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. ground all spice

½ tsp. nutmeg

½ tsp. cinnamon

1 tbsp. sugar

2 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 tsp. crushed red pepper


Combine all ingredients for rub.



Preheat oven 350 degrees

Wash and clean fish, score skin side three times to prevent curling when cooking. Rub all spices on trigger skin side down (meat side). On medium high heat place ½ cup of clarified butter into skillet. When the butter begins to bubble lay fish down skin side up and cook on this side for approximately two minutes. Flip the fish over and gently apply pressure with your tongs or utensil to also prevent from curling.  Once both sides are seared, put fish on a half sheet pan and continue cooking in over for three minutes.


Goat Cheese Grit Cake

Yield- six 4 oz. grit cakes

4 cups 2% milk

4 cups chicken stock

2 cups yellow stone grits

½ tbsp. caper juice

2 tbsp. goat cheese

1 tsp. black pepper

½ cup clarified butter


Bring milk and chicken stock to boil. Add grits. Simmer for about 5 minutes or until thick. Turn heat down to low and add goat cheese, caper juice and black pepper. Pour grit mixture into half sheet pan and refrigerate for four hours or until set.

Cut grit cakes into triangles.

Heat clarified butter in skillet. The pan needs to be very hot in order for cake not to stick. Sear on both sides for two minutes or until light brown.