Grouper Cheeks Recipe

Seared Grouper Cheeks

Seared grouper cheeks with grilled creamed corn, blistered shishito peppers, torn cilantro, and crispy tomato petals. Recipe from Urban Tide restaurant at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, FL.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 297 kcal
Author Katie Moseman


Grouper Cheeks

  • 8 Grouper Cheeks approximately 3/4 lb total
  • Sea Salt To Taste
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • White Pepper To Taste
  • 2 ounce Butter

Grilled Creamed Corn

  • 1 White Corn Cob grilled and cut off the Cob
  • 1 Yellow sweet Corn Cob grilled and cut off the Cob
  • 2 Tablespoons Diced Spanish Onion
  • 1 ounce White Wine
  • 6 ounce Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tumeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chopped Chives
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste

Crispy Tomato Petals

  • 4 Roma Tomatoes
  • Bowl of Ice Water
  • 2 Cups Olive Oil for Frying
  • Salt To Taste


Grouper Cheeks

  1. Heat Oil in a saute pan, Season Cheeks with Salt and Pepper and add to the hot pan and cook for 2 minutes or until golden brown and flip, add butter to pan and baste the cheeks with the butter for another 2 to 3 minutes, add 2 each whole Shishito Peppers to the pan and blister for 1 minute and remove cheeks and peppers from pan and reserve.

Creamed Corn

  1. Remove the oil and butter and use the same pan from the cheeks. Add the onions and cook for 2 minutes or until soft, add both yellow and white corn and deglaze the pan with white wine. Pour in the heavy cream and turmeric and reduce by half. Season with salt and pepper and fold in chives.

Crispy Tomato Petals

  1. Remove the core and make an X on the bottom opposite of the core and place in a pot of simmering water for 30 seconds. Remove and immediately place in the bowl of ice water. Once cold peel the skin off the tomato in large pieces. Heat oil to 375 and fry the tomato skins till crispy, remove and place on a paper towel to drain, then season with salt.


  1. Spoon the some of the creamed corn mixture onto a plate or in a shallow bowl, stack 2 grouper cheeks on top, place 2 blistered peppers crossed on left side, 3 pieces of crispy tomato skin and tear fresh cilantro leaves over the top.
Nutrition Facts
Seared Grouper Cheeks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 297 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 120mg5%
Potassium 178mg5%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1495IU30%
Vitamin C 8.7mg11%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.