Imagine you had dinner plans and all of a sudden they get cancelled, you had dreamed of having some good food and all of a sudden you have to fend for yourself. What to do then? What if I tell you that you can get a restaurant quality meal in 30 minutes and that includes time for prep, the actual cooking will take even lesser time. So when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
So now you know my predicament that I faced the other day, I was really craving good food and did not want to slave in the kitchen for too long. So a quick scan of the fridge revealed that I had fish in the fridge. Unlike other meats fish is the quickest to thaw and also the fastest to cook, so I knew exactly what I was having for dinner.
First course of action quickly get the fish out of the fridge, and put it in some water to let it thaw quickly; I had a filet of John Dory in my freezer( you can use basa or bhetki fillet for the same). While the fish is thawing; I quickly scanned the fridge to see what vegetables I had in the fridge, I found some carrots, broccoli and zucchini. Now my secret to quick cooking, is that whenever I have time I keep some vegetables chopped in the fridge, this saves me a lot of time, so I was grateful that I didn’t have to start chopping now. All I did was just take out some garlic cloves and finely chopped them; and I was good to go for the fibre part of the meal.
Once the fish is thawed, smear both sides with salt and let the fillet be like that for some time, so that the salt is infused properly. Meanwhile get a pot of salted water on the gas burner ready, once the water is boiling put the carrot in it, after a while the broccoli and the zucchini last, all this not for more than three minutes. You will see the vegetables colour enhance, take it out before the zucchini loses its crispness. Once the vegetables are out take a frying pan put the chopped garlic with some butter and stir till the garlic is fragrant, add the veggies and stir till the vegetables are coated well in the butter. Your side for the fish is ready.
Now to bake the fish, you need lemon, I had a Gondhoraj in the fridge so I chopped it into small wedges. If you don’t have a Gondhoraj, you can use regular lemons, for a full size fillet probably use two lemons, and cut them into wedges. Take a baking tray and coat both sides of the fish with black pepper, pour olive oil over the fish generously, and tuck the lime wedges under the fish. The lemon will get baked and slowly release the juices infusing the fish. Add some bay leaf. Bake the fish for ten minutes in the oven at 220 degrees Celsius, or till the fish is flaky. Your restaurant quality dinner is ready! The greatest food is all about a few ingredients done well. Easy wasn’t it, Bon appetite!
Recipe-Baked John Dory (serves two)
One full size John Dory Fillet
One Lime or two lemons
Salt & Pepper
- Salt fish on both sides generously and leave for some time.
- Taking a baking tray and put the fish on it after seasoning with black pepper, pour lots of olive oil
- Tuck lime wedges all around the fish and out some bay leaves on top.
- Bake for ten minutes at 220 Celsius or till the fish is flaky. Serve hot