So technically I did not catch this fish but couldn’t resist a chance to quote one of my favorite movies Napoleon Dynamite. A movie I recently watched with Maike as a “culture experience.” But I did buy and cook bass for the next recipe with came from the cookbook Thai Street Food.
The recipe tagged was for Steamed Fish with Chilli and Lime Sauce. I bought a bass at The Canadian Superstore on Walker Road. I had the fish cleaned, and maybe I am naïve, because I was expecting the fish to be descaled. It was not, so prior to cooking I made a giant mess in my kitchen descaling the dumb fish. Anyway back to cooking…
I first made the chilli and lime sauce. To do so I took some root from cilantro and roughly chopped it. Then I smashed it using my mortar and pestle with some salt. I then roughly chopped garlic and red chillies and smashed them into the cilantro root and salt.
To that I added sugar, lime juice and fish sauce. I mixed and let it sit out while I worked on the fish.
I took my fish and cut 4 slits on each side.
Then I put the fish into a bit of simmering water on parchment paper. (The recipe called for a banana leaf but I was unable to locate that so I improvised and it worked just fine…to note though after making this dish I was able to locate frozen banana leaves at MultiFood Supermarket in Windsor – which is awesome BTW).
I covered the pot and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.
When the fish was done I removed it from the pot and spooned the sauce over the fish and garnished with cilantro leaves.
And then we ate it.
The Verdict: Another super simple dish! And it was TASTY! I was a bit intimated to be cooking a full fish but was very pleasantly surprised how easy it was!! I will be making this one again. If you want to be brave and cook a whole fish you can grab the recipe here.
I want to also say I got some great Christmas gifts this year. The kitchen towels from Jen pictured above are awesome, but I also got quite a few new cookbooks.
Also, I received an awesome chef’s coat from Matt and an awesome new peppermill (not pictured).
And what I think was my favorite gift this year…a very thoughtful gift from Maike. Wood burned utensils with “Cooking with Rosemary” on them. This is really a gift I will always cherish. Thanks Maike!