baked tandoori fish

I have a huge confession to make. I love foods that have a slight redness to them. Like pasta mixed into marinara, or a taco spice mix, or a juicy piece of tandoori chicken.

On that note, usually a tablespoon of paprika does the job when marinating meats, but with a bubba under 1 who loves to eat from our food, I just can’t have any chilli whatsoever in my cooking. So I cheat with less than 1/8 tsp of tandoori colouring to give it that red and spicy look I love and crave.

And so naturally, these basa fillets weren’t spared from my criminous love of colouring, so behold… tandoori fish! I developed this recipe in search of a great baked fish that was easy and quick to make. When I opened the oven, I let out a small wow and sigh of relief and disbelief. Did I really just hit the nail on the head with this recipe?! (The answer is yes, in case I’ve left you wondering 😉 )

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I served the basa with chips and salad, but a brown rice or quinoa side with salad would do just as well for a healthier, well-rounded meal.

 

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

2 large basa fillets

Juice from 1/2 lemon

2 tbs olive oil

1 1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1 tbs paprika (or less than 1/8 tsp powdered tandoori colour)

 

Method:
If using frozen fish, place in the refrigerator overnight to defrost.

Preheat your oven to 180 deg c. If using fan forced 160.

 

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Mix lemon, oil, cumin, salt, pepper, turmeric, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika/tandoori colour in a small bowl.

Line a sheet pan with baking paper and place 2 white-flesh fish fillets on the tray.

Brush the fillets with marinade on both sides. A trick I use is to flip one fillet over the other so none of the marinade comes off on the baking paper.

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Place fish in the oven and let bake for 15-20 minutes or until the fish is cooked through (this will vary based on thickness of fish and your oven type).

Garnish with parsley and lemon wedges. Serve with chips/rice and salad, and enjoy!

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