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Clove and Mint Poached Fish March 1, 2011

Posted by simarprit in : Food , 4comments

This one came out very well.

What you need.

  1. Fresh Water Sole (Fillets) – 500 Grams
  2. Cloves – 10
  3. Black Cardamom – 2
  4. Mint Chutney – 3 Tablespoons
  5. Poaching Liquor (I used onion, tomatoes, garlic, ginger, green chili and chicken stock)
  6. Ginger Paste – 1 Spoon
  7. Garlic Paste – 1 Spoon
  8. Lemon Juice – I Tablespoon
  9. Carom Seeds (Ajwain) – 1 Teaspoon (grounded)
  10. Turmeric Powder 1 Teaspoon
  11. Salt
  12. Black Pepper

And now this is what I did:

  1. Washed fish in Salt and Turmeric Powder
  2. Marinated fish (Salt, Black Pepper, Garlic Paste, Ginger Paste, lemon Juice)
  3. Added Mint Chutney, Cloves, Carom Seeds, Black Cardamom and one Green Chili to Poaching Liquor and took it to boiling stage
  4. Added Marinated Fish Fillets
  5. Poached till the poaching liquor reduced to half its original volume
  6. Took the fillets out and had them with a side of veggies

Done and enjoyed.

Freshwater Sole Fish – Multistage Cooking January 26, 2010

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It was Freshwater Sole for Dinner tonight. I love experimenting with my fish and I decided to do multistage cooking today.

The issues with multistage cooking are:
Time, it took me about an hour to be done with
Kitchen space, as it is multistage one practically takes over the whole kitchen.
Utensils, one needs to change cooking dishes at least thrice in the process.

Stage 1: Put the fish in a microwave dish and kept it on defrost for 15 minutes, cleaned the accumulated white fat on the edges and washed the fish again

Stage 2:
For Marination:
Paste made of : Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Salt, Black Pepper Powder, Ginger & Garlic paste
Time for Marination: 30 minutes
Glazed the baking dish with Olive Oil and added fish pieces after scrubbing the unused paste. The pieces were kept in such a manner that no piece touched the other.
I allowed it to bake for about 15 minutes, checked it twice in between
Stage 3:
Put a pan on the flame, add olive oil, little bit, on the pan.
Dress the almost baked fish with a thick coat of grilling sauce
Cook it in the pan till pieces look yummy and turn golden brown/ brownish burnt

Served with lemon, onion flakes and Mint Chutney

The fillet was about 1.5 cm thick from the center and multistage cooking ensured deep penetration of the ingredients even to the center of the fillet
Everyone enjoyed the pan to plate transfer and instant “on table” feel

Turmeric Grilled Red Snapper January 25, 2010

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To get your grilled fish right, you must have the right kind of fish and must yes MUST get your grilling sauce right. It looks like I got it right.

1. Freshly squeezed lemon Juice
2. Turmeric powder
3. Olive oil
4. Salt
5. Pepper
6. Green Tabasco

I kept the fish soaked in this base for about half an hour. I used Red Snapper Fillet – the fish was about 4 pounds or 1.8 KG, the fillet about half of it. Just cut six pieces out of the two slabs. While soaking them in the base, I made sure that the juices went inside the fillet, the serving fork did the trick holes in the fillet. I avoided knife cuts for juice penetration.

Total grilling time on 1400 Watt Grill was about 20 minutes and I did about six turns to each piece.

The fish came out very well and served with fresh mint chutney and mint mayonnaise

Tilapia October 14, 2007

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Unlike meat eaters, fish lovers celebrate every new catch. Every region offers its very own and one just gets to try it reluctantly and enjoy it at leisure.

When a dear friend recommended Tilapia as an option in Austin. I was sceptical, particularly didn’t like the whiteness of the fillet, the texture and feel during marination was rough, decided to play conservative with marination. I did the mandatory  just used three salt and turmeric washes, and just used lemon, garlic and salt for marination, no herbs, no wine, no vinegar. was it the grill or the fish, I can’t say five minutes into grilling and I had the taste in my mouth which has stayed on. Tilapia had arrived.

Back in San Jose, CA,  after Save Mart & Safe Way my search for the right Tilapia  landed me at  Trader Joe’s. Once again the  same taste. Tilapia joins my gang of must have fish.