Our land maybe limited for agriculture, but our surrounding seas are abundant in all kinds of fish. Over the years we have been eating lots of fish, mainly in Garudhiya or curries that we have forgotten that some of these Omega rich food we sometimes take for granted are rising from its humble roots to luxury levels in fancy plates. Not saying Garudhiya and curries are less fancy, but we would rather eat fish dishes with fancy names (“Pan baked fish fillet bathed in Thai inspired dressing”?) from a restaurant than trying it at home.
This weekend lets shake things up a little and surprise a loved one at home with “Pan Baked fish fillet bathed in Thai inspired dressing”? And no, we do not mean takeaway from a seafood restaurant. This dish may sound fancy and complex, but its super easy to make, tastes incredible and can be prepared in less than 15 minutes with ingredients that are easily available.
Cooks in: 10-15 minutes
o 2 White fish fillet
For the dressing:
o Juice from 1 medium sized lemon
o 3 garlic cloves peeled and sliced
o Ginger, finely chopped
o 2 sliced Thai red chilies (or depending on how much heat you want)
o Handful of fresh coriander leaves
o Lemongrass (1 stick, outer layer peeled off, finely chopped)
o 1 tsp. Fish sauce
o 4 tsp. Light soy sauce
1. pat dry the fish fillets with a paper towel, season with pepper and place fillet in a dry skillet
2. Prepare the dressing by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl.
3. Spoon the dressing evenly on the fillet. The secret is to give the fillet a nice long bath (maybe 30 minutes to 1 hour) in the dressing before the baking.
4. Cover and place the skillet on the stove and cook for about 10-15 minutes on low-medium heat depending on the thickness of the fillet.
5. Be careful not to overcook the fish, it might give it a tough texture.
6. Garnish with more coriander and lemon slices for some aesthetic effect
7. Enjoy with fluffy basmati rice or couscous with some greens.