Tunisian-Style Fish

posted by RisaG 08-20-99 11:47 AM

Tunisian-Style Fish
Recipe By : Herb Companion Cooks
Serving Size : 6 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Fish & Seafood
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method

1 tbsp cumin seed -- toasted and ground
2 cloves garlic -- crushed & chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
hot red pepper flakes or chile paste -- optional
2 lb fish fillets (such as snapper or cod)
freshly ground black pepper -- if not using red pepper
pure olive oil -- to saute
1 cup flour
1 large lime or 1 medium lemon
lime or lemon slices -- as garnish

Mix the toasted and ground cumin and the garlic with 2 tbsp olive oil to make a paste (easier done in a small food processor), and stir in optional chile paste or hot red pepper flakes. Rub the paste all over the fish fillets, then cover and refrigerate for an hour or two. When ready to serve, sprinkle fish lightly with salt, and black pepper if desired.

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a skillet large enough to cook the fish without crowding. Dredge fish well in flour, patting to remove excess. When oil shimmers in pan, add fish fillets. Cook until golden brown on both sides, about 3-5 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the fish. Drain briefly on paper towels, then transfer to a serving platter and squeeze the lime or lemon juice all over the fish. Garnish with optional lime or lemon slices. Serve hot.

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