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Pollock, corn and cornflakes patties – with a wasabi twist!

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One good thing about S is that no matter what, he never stops me from experimenting with food! Or rather I should say he never manages to stop me!hahahhahahah! Jokes apart, he has been very encouraging about me trying out different recipes and feeding him! In fact, he was saying that all this is just leading to him putting on weight!

But no matter how many different styles I make, S is still vary of any fish patties I make. One time I had put in just a little bit more of oregano which made it pungent! Or maybe it is because he is not a big fan of seafood…..

I love seafood –even sashimi. S is just the opposite. In fact he would not even eat anything apart from lamb and chicken. It was only after I made shrimps at home that he started to like them and keeps asking me to make them again. Except that since I usually make up recipes on the fly and do not have them written down anywhere…..I do not remember the initial recipe, though I have made them in other ways since then.

Recently, we started buying frozen fish as S does not like to have to remove fishy bones while eating! We then cook them in different ways and usually end up with a tasty dish. I have to say that S did make a very tasty fish fry once. I will post it up soon! During one of our shopping sojourns, we happened to get some frozen Pollock fillets and I tried making a baked Asian fish dish which was a disaster. Not only is this one of the most tasteless fish I have ever eaten, but it does not even absorb any marinade! –  atleast that has been my experience. As I did not want to waste the remaining fillets, I started thinking of how I can use them up. As I had already used potato once and then breadcrumbs another time while making cutlets, I wanted to try something different this time and saw the box of cornflakes lying on the kitchen counter.  And so the idea of using cornflakes in these fish patties was born….

And I experimented……..though it was slightly better than the baked fish, the Pollock is not something I would like to eat again.

Ingredients

2 frozen Pollock fish fillets (thawed)

1/2 cup frozen corn

1 small onion finely diced

2-3 tbspn mayo sauce

2 cups roughly crushed cornflakes

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

½ tsp wasabi paste(optional)

Oil for frying

Method

First you need to bake the fish. I just sprinkled salt and pepper on top of the fillets and baked them for 15 minutes at 350F. If it needs to cook for longer, go ahead and do it.

Rinse the frozen corn and blanch them for 1 minute in the microwave. Set aside.

Once the fish is baked, remove from oven and let it cool. Then flake the fish into a bowl and add  the corn, 1 cup crushed cornflakes, diced onion, the mayonnaise, the wasabi paste, salt and pepper and mix. If the mixture is not wet enough, add more mayo to it.  Now spread the 2nd cup of crushed cornflakes in a wide plate – this will be used to coat the patties.

Make round shaped patties, coat them in the cornflakes and place it on a baking tray covered with foil. Once all the patties are ready, let them rest in the fridge for 20 minutes.

Take a pan and heat oil in it. Shallow fry the patties in them. They will not take a lot of time to cook. Once done on one side, turn over and cook the other side.

Serve with more mayo or ketchup or eat as is!

Note: You can use egg as a binding agent in the batter but I do not like the eggy taste it gives. I liked the spicy tang the wasabi paste gave to it. It actually made the fish taste much better than it is!

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Indian Style Fish Fry

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I love fish. Bony, no bones – I still love it! My earliest memory is of mom cleaning the flakes of pomfrets that dad had got from one of his trips to fish farms. Though it stank, once she had marinated it with spices and fried it up, it was tasty!!!!!!! And there were times, when my dad literally forced me to eat shrimps and crab but that is a story for another post.

 My husband does not like fish. He hates the bones that he has to carefully pick out while eating. That he says reduces his enjoyment! But once in a while, I ensure that we do get some fresh fish home.

I like the supermarkets in Toronto for they have fresh fish that you choose and they kill it and clean it right in front of you. We have gotten Tilapia a few times which I have to say is one of the tastiest fish I have eaten! Before, I used to think that only pomfrets mesh well with our Indian spices. I like grilled Australian barramundi but now that I am in Canada, that is only a memory! But I did find one in one of the Asian Supermarkets I frequent.

 Though coming back to the reason for this post, we got carp fish one day and decided to try it in an Indian Style. So made a quick spice rub and marinated the fish overnight. Next day, we shallow fried it and it was yummy!!!!!

 

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Ingredients

3-4 pieces of your favourite fish

1 teaspoon turmeric

2 teaspoons chilli powder

1 teaspoon garam masala

salt to taste

lemon juice

semolina or breadcrumbs (optional)

2 tbspn oil

non-stick pan

Method

Mix all the dry spices together and rub it on both sides of the fish. squeeze the meon juice on top. Marinate it for a couple of hours or overnight. If overnight, leave it in the fridge. If you want to save it for another day, freeze it. Then take it out and leave it in the fridge the night before you cook it.

Now heat oil in the pan. Take the semolina/breadcrumbs on a plate. Dip each piece in the semolina and place it in the pan. once one side is cooked, turn it over. Once cooked, place it on a plate and sprinkle some coriander sprigs on top. This gives a crispy exterior and a soft inner flesh. Serve and eat!!!!!!!!

Note: The pics show fish which has been fried without dipping in semolina or breadcrumbs. It is also good but I prefer the one with semolina!