This week, I planned a few recipes from other bloggers. The other night, we tried Malou’s Buttered Fish with Coriander, Nuts and Spring Onions.
My husband had been working all day on a small property we own. It was late. He was tired and hungry. I didn’t take great photos of the food and I didn’t stop to retake the photos because someone had been working on a ladder all day. I have no idea why I thought it would be a good thing to take fish topped with green herbs and serve it with spinach on a green plate, but I wasn’t about to tell him he had to wait to eat it until I had replated it. Check out the original post for better photos.
Secondly, let me say that I hate it when I give someone a recipe, he changes all of the ingredients, and then tells me that he didn’t
like it. I try very hard to make a recipe, as given, the first time, so I can have a sense of what it does. In this case, I was convinced I needed to try Malou’s recipe, but didn’t have any cilantro (must have made it all into cilantro pesto!) and my scallions were in a terribly sorry state. This dish is a really simple concept, though, so I figured messing with it a bit wouldn’t kill it. In this case, no worries. We loved it and I have something new for my Quickies repertoire.
So here’s the basic recipe:
- Butter, softened
- Nuts, chopped or ground
- Fresh herbs, such as basil or cilantro, finely chopped
- Very thinly sliced onion of some type (scallion, shallot, sweet onion). If using sweet onion, I would also cut the slices into small pieces
Mix it together, slather it on the fish and bake at 350F until the fish is done.
I used cod fillets, basil, peanuts and very, very, very thinly sliced shallots.
I love that this proved the versatility of a few simple ingredients: fish, butter, a fish-friendly herb, some nuts, and something oniony. Not as heart-healthy as some dishes, but served with simple sides, not so bad, either.