Within just a few short years of moving to Ohio from Chile, chef and cookbook author Isidora Daz has developed a following of loyal Chilean food lovers.
It’s a testament to both the inclusiveness of the Columbus food scene, as well as her distinctive culinary perspective and personality. Her fans have followed her to cooking classes at The Commissary, pop-up dinners at House Beer in the Short North and, most recently, Sudamericana Empanada, a weekly pop-up dinner she hosted at Platform Beer Co. with Brooke Kinsey from Bleu & Fig.
But just as quickly as Díaz arrived, she’ll be moving to Copenhagen, Denmark, in June, as she and her husband pursue new professional opportunities. To cement her legacy, we asked her to leave us with a favorite recipe. Below, Díaz shares a dish similar to one featured in her Spanish language cookbook “Todo a la Parrilla.” It’s perfectly suited to the grilling season and serves as a thank you to the many people who welcomed her as a Buckeye. instagram.com/isidoradiaz
Charcoal-Grilled Fish with Burnt Herbs and Citrus
1 large (2–3 pound) or 2 small (1–2 pound) fish like branzino, sea bass or sustainably farmed tilapia (head and tail on, scaled and gutted)
Fresh bunches of bay leaves, rosemary and sage, or any other aromatic herb, washed and cut to about 3/4 the length of the fish
2 lemons, one thinly sliced in half moons, the other halved for serving
1 lime, thinly sliced in half moons
1 small orange, thinly sliced in half moons
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper
2 large drizzles of extra virgin olive oil
Allow fish to come to room temperature.
Rinse, pat dry and lightly oil fish with vegetable oil. Rub the cavity of the fish with salt and pepper; tuck in slices of lime, lemon and orange.
Place 2 or 3 bunches of herbs along each side of the fish. Secure tightly using twine.
Heat a charcoal grill…