A couple of weeks ago, I wanted to make fish for dinner but wished to try out something that was filling, no fuss and spicy. My culinary experiment with the Branzino fish was long overdue and finally decided to go ahead with it. I came up with a finger-licking, oven-baked recipe with Indian and Caribbean influences. I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome as it took just a few ingredients and the cajun spice did just the trick. This is a healthy recipe but the fish sure takes a long time to get fully baked. Please try out this recipe and leave your comments below.
1) Two cleaned and scored Branzino fish (I chose to have the head removed)
2) A few tsp of freshly squeezed lemon/lime juice
3) Two cloves of garlic minced
4) Fresh coriander leaves (1 cup)
5) Turmeric powder
6) Cajun spice
7) salt to taste
8) Cooking oil
9) Aluminium Pan (I prefer this over a baking tray because I can simply dispose it after use).
1) This step is very important: In a deep dish aluminum baking pan, marinate the branzino fish with salt to taste, chopped coriander leaves, lemon juice (as per your taste), chopped garlic and 1 tsp of turmeric powder. Make sure the fish is well marinated inside-out. Set aside for 20 mins.
2) Now add 1 tbsp/fish (or more) cajun spice.
3) Similarly, add 1 tbsp/fish (or more) with cooking oil (Branzino is a large fish and it needs to cook through).
4) Set aside for 10 mins. At stage pre-heat oven at 400F.
5) Now oven-bake the fish for 15 mins at 400F. At this point the fish is just beginning to bake.
6) Check the fish. Pour the juices released back onto the fish. This will ensure that the fish is not getting dried out. Leave it as is or give it 5 more mins until this side is a bit short of getting fully done.
7) Now flip the fish, add a bit more cooking oil (if necessary).
8) Again, pour the juices released back onto the fish and cook it for 15 mins. Around this time, you are into 30-35 mins into the baking process and the fish should almost be done.
9) Now for the final step: Broil the fish for 3-5 mins just to give it a nice outer crisp/well- done flavor. Be careful with this step though. You may not need to give it a full 5 mins.
10) Remove the pan: the “cooked marinade” makes for a yummy sauce to go along with this delicious fish.
11) Serve the fish by itself or with some steamed/sautéed veggies of choice.
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