Thursday, April 12, 2012

Fish and chips with a hint of spice

My weekly meal plan consists of 1-pot curries.  Curry chicken, curry tofu, curry chickpeas, anything that I can put in a curry and anything that I can cook in 1 pot.  Some days I can see the look in my family’s faces ‘not curry A G A I N’.  Well, my husband and three-year old have the ‘look’.  My 19-month old just throws everything on to the floor.
Hence I’m “branching” out to fish and chips!  Home-made fish and chips.  Healthier than shop-bought but definitely more time-consuming. 

The chips
Roughly slice as many potatoes as you like (I used baby potatoes).
Place in a baking tray.  Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 20-25 minutes at 180C.

The fish
500-550g of salmon fillets, sliced
2 eggs beaten
½ cup of wholemeal plain flour
2 cups of breadcrumbs (and cereal crumbs – will explain more below)
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
½ tsp ground turmeric
½ tsp garam masala
Oil for frying

Mix the spices (cumin, coriander, turmeric and garam masala) with the flour (or the breadcrumbs).
I also mixed in some random Weetabix crumbs (the kind you find at the bottom of the bag when the rest of the big pieces have been eaten) into the breadcrumb mix.  This gave the breadcrumb coating a nice crunch with a hint of sweetness.  (I had to pick out the raisins too – our Weetabix had raisins).
Dip each slich of salmon firstly into the flour mixture, then into the egg and lastly coat in breadcrumbs.

Shallow fry the breadcrumb-coated fish.
Serve with salad or a side of vegetables.  We had peas.

The recipe above produced enough for 2 meals.  My kind of recipe = less cooking during the week.
I’ll have to try baking these the next time for an even healthier meal.


  1. YUMMMMMMM !!!

    For the record...If I was sick of my partner making the same kind of meal every night.. I wouldn't make a 'look', I would just politely say.. 'suger pie', I am going to cook for us tomorrow night, because you have been cooking so much for us lately and it's not fair on you.. I want you to come home from work and be able to just relax as I make dinner for you... and then I would cook something that i liked to eat ;-)

    1. Yeah I should be so lucky! hehe. Besides, I don't know if I want the other half to cook for me. His speciality is frozen food!

  2. Definitely healthier as you used salmon as your fish choice. More omega-3. :)

  3. How about just baking the salmon? Easier and faster. :P Lately I've been eating salads as my lazy meals. Tear some lettuce, chop a cucumber, slice a tomato. Sometimes I have other veggies, but if not, that's it. I'm done.

    1. That's almost too healthy for me! My system might reject it ;-)

  4. I find it challenging...and at times exhausting thinking what to cook everyday... and most of the time ended up with one pot of curry too :) ... and my 15 yr old will give me 'that look' :P

    1. It's so easy to make and only 1 pot to wash!

  5. I wish I was staying with you then I can have curry every day!

    I like how you use salmon fillets for fish and chips. But I will take the easy way out - bake/steam salmon fillets with some vegetables in a sealed parcel and call it a one-dish. :)

    1. I wish I was staying with you then I could have new and interesting dishes every day! It would be good just to have someone else cook for me!
      And your salmon meal is a lot healthier than the fried version.

  6. I think what we do at home is always better than what we shop bought. I like to use garam masala on my fish dishes too

    1. Home cooked food is even better when someone else cooks it for you ;-)

  7. Sometimes we just have to agree, store bought is less time consuming. I think using salmon for fish and chips is an innovation! Gotta love your salmons!!!


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