When Jason Schaan is not in the kitchen, he’s on the water.
The 34-year-old chef de cuisine at Michy’s lives in Hallandale Beach, just north of the city of Miami, and spends his days off spearfishing, diving and surfing. Though raised in Virginia, he’s taken well to life in Florida.
Fittingly, he says his favorite foods are “fresh and from the ocean,” and when asked to share a favorite recipe for Sous Chef Series, he chose the kind of dish he would actually eat at home: a grilled-fish sandwich that he serves with a swipe of jerk aioli and a crunchy jicama-apple slaw.
Grilled-Snapper Sandwich with Jerk Jicama-Apple Slaw
Recipe adapted from Jason Schaan, Michy's, Miami, FL
Yield: 2 sandwiches (with extra slaw)
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Scallions, 2 small (light green and white parts)
Garlic, 1 small clove
Scotch bonnet or habanero chile, ½ small chile, seeded
Kosher salt, 1 tablespoon
Allspice (ground), 1 tablespoon
Light brown sugar, 1½ teaspoon
Thyme leaves, 1½ teaspoon
Nutmeg (ground), 1½ teaspoon
Black pepper (ground), ½ teaspoon
Cinnamon (ground), ¼ teaspoon
Orange zest (finely grated), ¼ teaspoon
Ginger root (peeled and finely grated), a small pinch
Mayonnaise, 1 cup
Jicama, 1 small (peeled, sliced into ⅛-inch-thick rounds, stacked and sliced into thin strips)
Celery root, 1 small (peeled, sliced into ⅛-inch-thick rounds, stacked and sliced into thin strips)
Granny Smith apples, 1½ (peeled, halved, cored, sliced into ⅛-inch-thick rounds, stacked and sliced into thin strips)
Lime, 1 (juiced)
Cilantro leaves, ½ bunch
Extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon
Lemon, 1 (juiced), 1 tablespoon
Canola or vegetable oil
Red snapper, two small fillets
Potato-bread buns, 2
Heirloom tomato, 1 (sliced ¼ inch thick)
Bibb lettuce leaves, 2
1) In the blender or mini food processor, purée until smooth:
- Jerk Aioli ingredients
Using the rubber spatula, scrape into a medium bowl, cover and set aside.
2) In the large mixing bowl, use a wooden spoon to combine the:
- Celery root
- Lime juice
- 2 tablespoons Jerk Aioli
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate (save the rest of the Jerk Aioli for another time).
3) In the small bowl, use the whisk to combine the:
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Lemon juice
Heat a gas or charcoal grill to high heat. Use the grill brush to scrape and clean the hot grill grates. Use grill tongs to dip a few folded paper towels into a small bowl of:
- Canola oil
Grease the grates with the oil-saturated paper towels. Once the grates start to smoke, add the:
- Red snapper fillets, skin side down
Grill until the fish is cooked halfway through, 1 to 2 minutes. Use the grill spatula to rotate the fish 45 degrees. Grill 1 minute more, then turn the fish over. Use the silicone basting brush to coat the fish with the olive oil-lemon- juice mixture and cook until nearly cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Use the spatula to rotate the fish another 45 degrees and grill for 1 minute longer. Transfer the fish to a plate.
On the grill, place the:
- Potato buns, cut side down
Grill until lightly toasted. Use the tongs to place each bun on a plate. Place a grilled fillet on the bottom half, then top with some slaw, a slice of tomato and a lettuce leaf. Cover with the top half of the bun and serve.