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THE REEF'S GRILLED MAHI WITH SPICY ASIAN RUM-PINEAPPLE SAUCE

This recipe serves two:

2 fillets of mahi (8 ounces each)

1 tablespoon sesame oil

3 tablespoons crushed pineapple

1 tablespoon rum

1 tablespoon light brown sugar

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

ADD hot sauce to taste (Cholula recommended)

DIRECTIONS

+ In a dry nonstick saute pan, toast sesame seeds over medium heat. Set aside.

+ In a small saute pan add sesame oil, crushed pineapple and rum, and allow to cook 1 minute over medium-high heat. Add brown sugar, soy sauce, hot sauce and mix. Cook 1 minute. Remove from heat.

+ Grill the mahi.

+ Two minutes before the mahi finishes, reheat the sauce. Add the butter and stir until melted, and the sauce is completely warmed.

+ Pour the sauce over the mahi. Sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds. Serve with rice and seasonal vegetables.

Chef Kerby O'Connor prepares mahi with spicy Asian rum-pineapple sauce at The Reef restaurant at 6712 Gulf Blvd. at St. Pete Beach.

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