In a dish large enough to hold the fish fillets, add the
Pickling Spice (1/3 cup)
and several cups of water. Add the fish and ensure that the water covers the fillets. Set aside for 1 1/2 hours.
Prepare the grill or smoker for indirect cooking. Add the dry wood chips to the smoker box. Set the wood chips over the heat source on the grill and heat until it reaches about 250 degrees F to 275 degrees F and begins to smoke.
Skin-on Kingfish Fillets (1.5 lb)
, skin side down to the opposite side of the grill that doesn't have the heat on.
Smoke the fish for 2-2 1/2 hours until the skin has taken on an amber color and the flesh is cooked through.
Transfer the fish to a baking sheet and let cool to room temperature. While it cools, prepare the
Fresh Cilantro (3 Tbsp)
. Finely dice the
Jalapeño Peppers (2)
Remove the skin from the fish and discard.
Add chunks of the fish to a food processor and pulse 1 to 2 times.
Mayonnaise (1 cup)
, chopped cilantro, zest of the
, juice of half the lemon, finely diced jalapenos,
Salt (1/2 tsp)
Ground White Pepper (1/2 tsp)
Pulse several more times until the dip is smooth. Transfer the dip to a food storage container and refrigerate overnight for the flavors to marry.
Serve with crackers and
Pickled Onions (to taste)
Jalapeño Peppers (to taste)
Fresh Cilantro (to taste)