Friday, February 25, 2011

Sweet 'n Spicy Fish

Why bother with ordering takeaway foods when you can whip up something easy, healthy, and so utterly tasty at home? This is one of those dishes that is easy to prepare and yet rewards you with a total taste sensation. Great for lazy evenings.  The ingredients used are things I always have in my cupboard, because I usually use them in my Indian cooking. But this is something a bit different. The flavours have a nice sweet and spicy combination, and the fish develops a nice crispness. I find it completely moreish.


1/2 teaspoon  chilli powder, or use a couple of red chillies if you have them
1 teaspoon turmeric
5 black peppercorns
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
1 heaped teaspoon tamarind paste (without the seeds)
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for frying
4 x 200g firm white fish fillets

Method:Using a mortar and pestle or a blender, grind all the spices, onion, garlic, ginger, tamarind, sugar, salt and oil.

Process until it forms a smooth paste.

Marinate the fish in this paste for a couple of hours in the fridge. If you're short for time, a half hour will still be fine, but longer is better.

Heat some extra oil in a fry pan over a medium heat and fry the fish for about 4 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.

Serves 4.


  1. That sounds delicious - and the perfect thing for a bland fish like tilapia.

  2. your dishes look yum ! will definitely try them.... you can also view n follow my blog .. will be really happy !

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  4. what fish did you cook in this recipe? thanks

  5. Hi nita, I often use red cod for this recipe, it's one of my favourites. It's delicate though and will flake easy, so be gentle with it.

  6. Pinning! Sounds delicious! Thank you, Julia

    1. Thanks Julia! Btw your blog looks great, I love DIY.


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