Monday, 12 May 2008

Spicy Baked Tilapia

Another rather simple dish with its flavour relying on the quality of the fish and the spices used. I am not a frequent user of Tilapia as I often find freshwater fishes to be less tasty, but I thought I'd give this pink variety a try as it was qute cheap. It is sold frozen, gutted and scaled, at around £2.30 per kg. I thought we'd have a big feast with this rather big fish, but it's size turned out to be quite deceiving as there was less meat on it than I thought.

Ingredients used were curry powder (made into a paste first), coconut milk, salt, chillies, onions, curry leaves and pandan leaves.
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I fry the onions, curry leaves,chillies and curry paste till fragrant ....
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Then mixed it with a bit of thick coconut milk.
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Then smear the mixture on both sides of the fish, with pandan leaves on top. Then wrap in foil and bake in a preheated oven for 20 mins. After that, remove from foil and grill both sides on very high heat to brown the fish.
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The result did not look brilliant as I struggled to lift the fish off the foil intact as it was quite brittle. However, it tasted great. Maybe next time, I will use a firmer fish like pomfret or mackerel.
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9 comments:

Tummythoz said...

Now that looks lip-smackingly appetising!

tigerfish said...

As long as it taste good. I know it is...from the look of those spices you are frying in the wok!

Nic (KHKL) said...

did u lift by the tail? seems like the tail's gone! haha! well, if it tastes good, looks come secondary, i guess.

oh, i think some okra, onions and tomatoes in the wrap would be fantastic as well! :)

ling239 said...

why are u noting eating after it is baked ?
must it be grilled after that ?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

looks damn good to me..at 2.30 pounds its pretty good value to me..although in some restaurants they serve it to you steamed for around 15-18rm a kg (which is around 2.5-3pounds)

Hazza said...

tummythoz,
I'm glad you liked the appearance!

tigerfish,
cant really go wrong with basic malaysian spices, really :)

nic,
the tail got stuck in the foil, lol!

ling,
I grilled it make it firm on the surface as has all the consistency of a steamed fish after the baking process.

joe,
actually its only £1.85, even better value, lol!

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

wah, looks real good!i like ur way of baking then grilling d fish. some grill u have; fish looks very well bbqed.

kampungboycitygal said...

u've got talent! thats my favourite kind of grill fish

wmw said...

Sorry, I'm sure it tastes good but I'm not a fish lover! hehehe...