Saucy Fish Fillets

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Serves 2-3

These deliciously saucy fish fillets have been served with Kidney Beans on Rice.

250 gm
fish fillet of your choice, cut into pieces
(marinate the fish pieces for at least an hour in a quarter tsp each of salt, chilli powder, turmeric, cumin powder and lemon juice by forming a paste out of the ingredients and slathering it all over the fillets)
spring onions, chopped into very tiny pieces
small red onion, chopped
1/2 tsp
ginger paste
1/2 tsp
garlic paste
1 tbsp
tomato puree/paste
fresh tomatoes, finely chopped, grated or blended
1 tsp
cumin powder
1/4 tsp
turmeric powder
green chilli, chopped
2-3 tbsp
salt to taste
chopped coriander for garnishing

Heat some oil in a pan and shallow fry the fish fillets for about 2-3 minutes per side, just until the fish is solid and holds its shape but not fully cooked. Set aside.

Heat the 2-3 tbsp of oil, add the ginger and garlic followed by the spring and red onions. Fry until the onions are soft and translucent, then add the chopped tomatoes. Stir fry until the tomatoes are soft and mushy, then add the green chilli, tomato paste and turmeric/cumin spices. Add some salt, but with caution because the fish was already marinated with some salt so use sparingly. :)

Let these cook on low heat until the mixture is about done and oil begins to release around the sides. Add a bit of water if you prefer a 'saucier' sauce, let it simmer a bit then add the fried fish pieces. Keep the heat on low and cover your pan, let this steam for about 10 minutes or until the mixture is stuck all over your lovely fish. 

Garnish with coriander and serve as preferred!


Asalaamalikum, how much of the sauce will there be with the fish? can I serve it with rice or wud b dry? what side dishes wud u recommend?

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W/Salaam, it is a thick sauce which clings to the fish, not a gravy. As you can see from the pic, I served with kidney bean curry, but you can use any other side dish that you like if you prefer extra gravy. Lentils, or potato curry or anything of the kind.

Asalaam alaikum sister, how much fish would be appropriate for this amount of sauce? Jazak Allah

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, for 250-300 gm of fish.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes you can.

Is there anyway that the fish can be baked instead of fried? If so, how?
Thank you

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes, place the pieces on a greased tray and bake for 10-15 minutes or until done. Taste is better fried though.

In the ingredients it says fish fillets but in the ditections, it says "add fried fish pieces." Does the fish need to be fried or can we just put the raw fish in the sauce and cook it?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Thanks for drawing my attention to that, part of the instructions was missing. I have edited it into the recipe instructions now. :)

can i use prawns instead of fish....

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes you can, one of my fans did and her results looked awesome!