I wanted to make something light and healthy for dinner. I knew I had to veer away from making my usual Cream Dory with Lemon Butter Sauce. It was yummy, yes, but it's always been my default recipe for fish. Some experimentation was in order!
I still used citrus but opted for calamansi (a small Philippine lime) rather than lemon (mainly because it wasn't available at the grocery I went to). I got the veggies we had in the freezer and hoped that I would make the flavors meld together. The result was this lovely spicy Asian-inspired fish dish!
fish fillet (cream dory or sole)
calamansi (or you can use lemons or lime)
green beans, chopped
Marinate the fish in a mixture of calamansi juice, soy sauce and chili flakes. Heat oil in a pan, add garlic, then the fish fillets. Quickly add the tomatoes and green beans. Flip the fish then sprinkle salt, black pepper and chili powder on top. Add the soy sauce and calamansi marinade to make a nice sauce. Adjust the flavors until it is to your liking. You can add a bit of water too. Sprinkle chopped basil on top.
(I have a recipe for pesto pasta here)
The heat from the red pepper flakes went very well with the soy and citrus flavors. It coated the fish perfectly. Meanwhile, the pesto rice (a last minute thought!) made everything even more appetizing.
I was quite pleased with the results! If you look at all the ingredients, it's not something that you'll usually think of putting together- fish, arugula, cheese, basil, green beans, tomatoes. You can group some ingredients together like fish-soy sauce-calamansi, basil-tomato, or fish-pesto. At some point, I was quite worried that it just wouldn't taste nice! I was actually going for something that tasted Thai (something like this recipe) thus the basil and the pepper. I just kept on adding ingredients until I thought that the flavors were finally working together.
Whatever category this should be in, the point is this it's a nice take at making boring fish fillets burst with flavor! *Yey me!* And I have a feeling that you'll be seeing at lot more of that pesto rice in this blog :)