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Breaded Rosemary Fish Fillet

I love it when hubby surprises me with food stuffs, yeah, after getting married I’m surprised at the gifts I get excited about. Raw fish! The gift was timely because it had been a while since we had eaten fish. I wanted to prepare something quick that would not require a lot of handling. I had no intentions of posting this recipe and thus I didn’t take proper photos, but after posting a photo of the meal on my facebook page, I thought otherwise.

I eyeballed the ingredients (I didn’t measure), however, I will try and estimate the quantities.

Ingredients:

1 fish fillet

3 tablespoons of bread crumbs

2 rosemary twigs, leaves finely chopped

1 tablespoon of dried parsley leaves (optional)

1 tablespoon of fish masala

1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

It takes barely two minutes to prepare so start by heating your skillet then add the vegetable oil.

As the oil is heating, prepare the fish. In a large shallow bowl mix all the ingredients, well except the fish.

Generously coat the fish with the dry ingredient mixture. Ensure you pat the mixture on, so that it sort of sticks. Do that for both sides.

Finally gently  and I mean gently place the fish fillet on the skillet. You can even add the excess mixture on the top side.

in the skillet
in the skillet

Cook for about four minutes or until browned. Gently flip it over and cook the other side. Ensure you don’t break the fish apart. Presentation is key here.

Serve on a large plate and garnish with lemon quarters.

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You can serve this with either rice, ugali, potatoes or  just eat it as it is like I did. Like I said, I had missed eating fish. Don’t believe me? Check out the last photo 😀

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damages

Gram Flour Fish Fingers

I bought some gram flour a while back so that I could prepare some bhajias. Since then, I haven’t cooked bhajias again and I feared my flour would go to waste. I started brainstorming on other ways I could use the flour.

Since, I love making fish fingers and I always coat them with flour, I thought of substituting the flour with the gram flour and boy!!! Need I say more, I have a new way of making fish fingers.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 fish fillets cut into finger sizes

1 cup gram flour

1 cup warm water – cold will work perfectly well too

2 tbsp fish masala

1 tbsp coriander powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp black pepper

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp ginger, minced

A handful of dhania/coriander/cilantro/parsley finely chopped

Oil for shallow frying – I normally use sunflower oil

In a bowl add in all the dry ingredients, except the dhania and fish.

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Mix them, then add the water slowly till you get your desired consistency. I used the whole cup. The paste was the right consistency. Then add the chopped dhania.

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As for the fish, remember to salt lightly before dipping them into the paste.

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And we are ready to cook.

Start by heating your oil in a pan. As the oil is heating, put the first batch of the fish in the paste.

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frying

Cook on each side for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.

Drain on a paper towel covered plate.

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To be honest, these were the most delicious fish fingers I have ever made. I have to say, it must be the gram flour.

PS: You can coat with breadcrumbs after dipping the fish in the paste.

Fish Stew

I have previously been very skeptical about making stewed or curried fish but that has changed. The need to try new fish recipes other than the usual pan frying changed my perception.

Fish fillet chunks

Ingredients:

1 medium onion sliced

2 cloves of garlic sliced

1 teaspoon minced ginger

2 tomatoes diced

1 courgette diced

1 bell pepper diced

2 tablespoons coconut cream

1 tablespoon fish masala

1 tablespoon dried parsley

1/2 cup water

2 fish fillet cut into chunks

2 tablespoons of oil for frying

Salt to taste

In a saucepan fry the onions.

Add the garlic and ginger.

Once cooked through, add the tomatoes let then cooked for about 3 minutes then add the eggplant and bell pepper.

Cover and let the veggies cook down.

In the mean time mix the coconut cream with the fish masala.

Add the mixture and the dried parsley to the sauce. Pour in about 1/2 cup of water for the soup.

The sauce

Then finally add in the fish chunks. Ensure they are almost submerged in the soup.

swimming fishes..pun intended

Tip: Salt the fish chunks before adding them. This ensures that the fish is completely salted.

Cover and let it cook for about 10 minutes or until the fish flakes easily when pierced with a fork.

fish stew

Serve with steamed rice or ugali.

Fish stew, steamed rice and fried french beans

Verdict:

By far the best fish stew I’ve ever tasted. I even preferred it to the curry. Salting the fish prior to cooking was a brilliant idea.

Let’s just say this will become a staple dish in our household.

Fish Curry

Since I discovered, the chicken curry recipe, I have modified it to suit different meats. I had some filleted tilapia and I decided to try it out.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 fillets of fish – I used tilapia (cut into chunks)

1 cup plain yoghurt

3/4 cup coconut milk

1 onion chopped

2 cloves of garlic chopped

1/4 teaspoon of ginger minced

2 tablespoons of fish masala

1 teaspoon paprika

1 tablespoon coriander powder

1 tablespoon curry powder

Salt to taste

3 tablespoons of vegetable oil for frying

Some chopped fresh dhania/coriander leaves for garnish

In a large skillet, heat some oil then fry the onions.

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Once translucent add in the spices, ginger and garlic.

The onion and spice mixture.

Add the fish chunks, and coat with the spice mixture.

Add the yoghurt and coconut milk.

Bring the curry to a quick boil, then reduce the heat and let the curry simmer for at most 20 minutes or until the fish is cooked through. The fish will flake easily.

Once cooked, serve and garnish with fresh chopped dhania.

Fish Curry, Yum

We ate this with some ugali and vegetables. The fish curry will also go great with steamed rice.

Verdict:

Hubby loved it, I found it to be ok. I prefer my fish stewed or pan fried.

Tip: To add more flavour, you can squeeze the juice of one lemon over the curry. I didn’t have any on hand.

Pan Seared Tilapia

Last week I went on a shopping spree, surprising to stock my fridge and not my wardrobe, priorities do change ti hi hi 🙂

I managed to buy some filleted tilapia. I  simply coated the fish with some condiments then pan fried it. I also made some garlic sauce to go with it.

1 large fish fillet cut diagonally

Ingredients:

4 tbsp fish masala

3 tbsp coconut powder

2 tsp of water

Fish fillet, cut diagonally

3 tbsp of vegetable oil for frying

Sauce

1 tbsp butter

1 clove of garlic finely chopped

3 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp water

In a shallow plate mix the fish masala and coconut powder.

Add water to make a thick paste.

Coconut and fish masala paste.

Coat both sides of the fish with the paste. It’s advisable to set it aside for around 30 minutes to let the juices sip in. Since I was already late in preparing dinner I skipped that part.

On a hot skillet add some oil. Once heated place the coated fish fillets and let then cook for around 4 minutes on each side or until the fish easily flakes with a fork.

Once cooked, line a plate with some paper towels and then place the fish.

The final product.

For the sauce, melt the butter in a small pan then add the garlic,lemon juice and water. Saute for 2 minutes. The recipe called for some parsley but I was out.

Drizzle over the fish.

Verdict:

Best fish fillet I’ve ever made. The fish masala was such a lovely addition. Very flavourful. The coconut taste was also felt in the background. The sauce added an extra kick to the dish. Hubby enjoyed it to the last bite.

If I could do it all over again:

Make more sauce.

Tip:

In case you don’t have fish masala, you can combine the spices you already have in your kitchen. Some cumin powder,coriander powder,black pepper would do the trick I also don’t see anything wrong with putting pilau masala 🙂