• Description:

    When you’ve got a lot of people to feed and you’re in the mood for seafood, look no further than this simple peppered fish recipe. Serves: 10. Cooking and Prep time: 60 minutes.

  • Ingredients:

    About 1kg whole hake fish or any fish of choice – see note 2*
    5 tomatoes
    1 red bell pepper
    2 habaneros (hot peppers)
    1 medium onion
    1 stem green onion

    5 garlic cloves; peeled
    1.5 cm ginger root; peeled
    2 small seasoning/stock cubes – about 4 g per cube
    1 tsp. salt
    ½ tsp. ground white pepper
    1 cup oil
    Oil, for deep frying fish

    Dried spices for seasoning fish
    ½ tsp. garlic powder
    ½ tsp. ginger powder
    ½ tsp. onion powder

  • Method:

    1. Cut fish into 3-4 slices each. Wash thoroughly and pat dry with a paper towel.
    2. Season fish with half a teaspoon of salt, garlic powder, ginger powder and onion powder. Mix well to coat and set aside.
    3. Heat oil in a large pot or wok. Deep fry the fish until golden brown on each side. Be sure to flip when one side gets brown, so the fish is evenly cooked. Cook fish in oil for about 8 minutes (about 4 minutes on each side) then remove and place on paper towel to absorb excess oil.
    4. In a blender, put in tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, garlic, ginger and green onions. Blend into a puree.
    5. Pour one cup of oil into another pot. Let it heat up on high heat for about 5 minutes then pour in puree. Let it cook for about 10 minutes until the pepper/tomato sauce shrinks and starts sticking to the bottom of the pot.
    6. Add in half a teaspoon of salt, the seasoning/stock cubes and ground white pepper. Stir well.
    7. Add in fried fish and stir to ensure the sauce properly coats the fish. Let it simmer together for about 3 minutes then turn off the heat.
    8. Enjoy warm.

      Recipe Notes

      1. To make your tomato sauce less spicy (hot), use only 1 habanero (hot pepper).
      2. If you do not like fish cooked with bones in, substitute the whole fish used in this recipe with fish fillets.
      3. To make the fish extra tasty, season the fish and keep overnight in the refrigerator to marinade before frying.