With all the requests I usually get this time of the year (Good Friday) for fish recipes, I thought I’d share one of my favorite recipes using fillets of Red Snapper. In my youth days on the islands it was ALWAYS fish on Good Friday (Catholic home) and though mom and dad never went to church they felt it necessary to stick with tradition. Usually it was fried, stewed or curry fish, served with ground provisions (Yam, Dasheen. Eddoes, Cassava and/or green bananas), a salad of some sort and I still recall dad drizzling olive oil (sweet-oil as he would call it) over the boiled ground provisions. Funny how me and my brother would copy him even though we disliked the taste of that oil!
2 Red Snapper fillets (about 1 lb)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch black pepper
3 sprigs thyme
zest 1 orange
1 cup orange juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
thick slice of ginger (julienne)
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon veg oil
1/2 scotch bonnet pepper (no seeds / optional)
1 tablespoon brown sugar or honey (optional)
4 slices of orange
* You can use your fav fish for this recipe.. I much prefer ocean fish though. You’ll need about 1.5-2 cups of veg oil for frying the fish.
The fist thing we’ll do is season the fish to allow it time to marinate while we make the orange ginger sauce. Please note that this sauce will be a bit ‘hot’ with the scotch bonnet pepper and the natural heat from the ginger, but you can certainly tame it down by leaving out the scotch bonnet pepper. Wash the fish pieces with some lime or lemon juice and rinse with water (not mentioned in the ingredient list). Drain and pat dry with paper towels. Then season (mix well) with the salt, black pepper and Caribbean Green Seasoning. Allow this to marinate for 10-15 minutes.
Let’s now make the amazing sauce for topping the fish with. In a saucepan heat the oil on a low flame then add all the ingredients except the orange zest, orange juice and slices of orange. Cook on VERY low heat for 3-5 minutes. If you’re adding the honey or sugar, add it near the end. Remember to NOT use any of the seeds of the scotch bonnet pepper (unless you want it REALLY hot) and to wash your hands immediately after handling the pepper with soap and water.
Heat the oil for frying the fish on a medium flame. Dredge the seasoned/marinated fillets in the flour (you can season the flour with some paprika and/or curry powder if you wish) and fry for about 5-7 minutes in total (depending on how thick the fish pieces are) flip so both sides get that lovely golden color. Set on paper towels to soak up the extra oil.
It’s just a matter of placing the fish pieces on a serving plate and straining on the finished orange ginger sauce on top of it. If you prefer your fish a bit more crispy , fry a bit longer and serve the sauce on the side. I used some of the cooked orange slices as a garnish, but since the scallions went discolored I used fresh chopped-scallions to brighten it up.
As I mentioned in the video, as kids we HATED fish, but as an adult I eat fish or some sort of seafood at least once a week. I hope you give this recipe a try and do leave me some feedback in the comment section below. HAPPY EASTER!