Thursday, March 10, 2005

Carnival of the Recipes #30 - Fish Burritos

Burritos ... yummmy. This, however, is not your average burrito recipe. It uses fish, instead of beef, chicken, or lamb. Different? Yes. Worth it? Oh, most definitely yes.
This is a great one for when the weather starts to warm up, it has a real summery feel. Mind you, that won't stop me cooking it, even though we are in Autumn here now.

This is a Bill Granger recipe, taken from his book "bills open kitchen". Bill is a bit of a legend in my mind, I've got a couple of his books, and have had a lot of success cooking his recipes.
As we do with all burritos, we just lay out all the ingredients, and let people help themselves. It is easier this way, plus you get to laugh at your friends when they put too much in the burrito, then try to fold them up to eat! :)

As always, if there is something that doesn't make any sense, feel free to let me know.


Fish Burritos

Serves 4

Ingredients

50g (1 cup) roughly chopped coriander (cilantro) leaves and stems
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 small red chilli, seeded and chopped*
1 tsp sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
zest of 1 lime
80ml (1/3 cup) olive oil
750g (1 lb 10oz) snapper fillets, or other firm white fish, skin removed, and cut into strips (important here that it is a firm fish, otherwise it tends to disintegrate while cooking)

to serve

lime cheeks (or if you are not ultra hip like bill is, you can call them slices or wedges)
8 tortillas (cooked as per instructions on the pack, preferably ones you can just chuck in the microwave!)
cucumber salad (recipe below)
lime mayonnaise (recipe below)
baby cos lettuce leaves (or whatever salad leaves you like, I find baby rocket is great)

Method

Place all ingredients except the fish in a blender or a food processor and process until a paste forms. Place the fish in a bowl, add the paste and stir to combine. Leave to marinate for 15mins. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a high heat until hot, add some of the fish strips in a single layer and cook for 2 minutes. Turn and cook on the other side for 1 minute, or until the fish has been cooked. Remove from the pan and continue untill all the fish has been cooked. Place on a serving platter and garnish with lime cheeks (sices/wedges)

To serve, place bowls of cucumber salad, lime mayonnaise and lettuce on the table, along with the fish and tortillas.

Cucumber salad

Ingredients

1 telegraph (long) cucumber
250g (1 punnet) cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
4 spring onions (scallions) sliced
handful of corainder (cilantro) leaves
1 tsp lime juice
1 small red chilli, seeded and sliced finely*
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp caster (superfine) sugar

Method

Peel the cucumber and slice in half lengthways, remove the seeds with a teaspoon and slice into 5mm (1/4 inch) pieces. Place the remaining ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine.

Lime Mayonnaise

Ingredients

250g (1 cup) whole egg mayonnaise
finely grated zest of 1 lime
2 Tbsp lime juice
1 tsp sea salt.

Method

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. Refrigerate until needed.

*make sure you wear gloves, otherwise ouch!

6 Comments:

Blogger Brian said...

I just want to add that the lime mayonnaise is *really* worth the little extra trouble.

12:16 pm  
Blogger Gretchen said...

This is the first recipe you've posted that actually scares me just a little bit. But then, I have an aversion to most fish recipes, so it could just be me. ;)

12:24 pm  
Blogger Amanda said...

Although it looks like it would be fiddly with lots of steps, it isn't too bad really.
Also, I am not a big fan of fish dishes, certainly not my fave thing to eat. But the flavours in this are amazing, and there is no strong overbearing fish taste.

12:44 pm  
Anonymous Punctilious said...

I'm not a fan of mayo but I really like it with lime juice in it. I'm going to have to try the rest of this to have another excuse to make some.

6:26 am  
Anonymous emma said...

i made the lime mayo with laf mayo and half plain yoghurt (plus the other stuff) and it was even tastier!

3:32 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE this recipe-- looks a little intimidating with the amount of ingredients but it is WONDERFUL. As far as I'm concerned this is my only fish burrito recipe! Amy--Boston Ma

8:40 am  

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