I’d like to introduce you to Basa, have you met? Basa is a cheaper and generally more sustainable alternative to cod and haddock (as long as it is ASC certified). It is mild and so a good choice for those who don’t like their fish to taste too fishy! Incidentally, if you would like to know more about the relative sustainability of fish and seafood, the Marine Conservation Society has an excellent guide: http://www.fishonline.org/
As I’m touting this as an easy midweek supper, I’m using frozen fish and dried herbs, but you could of course use fresh in both cases. I’m a bit vague on the quantities and timings below, but it’s not a recipe that needs precision.
WHAT YOU NEED:
– 4 skinless boneless fillets of frozen basa (you could use other white fish if you can’t get hold of basa)
– 1 can chopped tomatoes
– Some potatoes (use your judgment on quantity, I did, but my judgment resulted in too many potatoes, so don’t use my judgment)
– 2 crushed garlic cloves
– Extra virgin olive oil
– Lemon juice
– Dried mixed herbs
– Salt and pepper
(again, use your judgement on quantity with the olive oil, lemon juice, herbs, salt and pepper).
WHAT YOU DO:
1. Peel and boil the potatoes until they are just very slightly on the undercooked side.
2. Pour the tomatoes into the bottom of a ovenproof dish. Mine is approximately 30cm x 24cm.
3. Season the tomatoes with crushed garlic, herbs, salt and pepper.
4. Lay the frozen bass fillets side by side on top of the tomatoes.
5. Season the fish with olive oil, lemon juice, herbs, salt and pepper. It’ll look like this:
7. Drizzle a bit more olive oil over the potatoes and sprinkle on a few more herbs. It should look something like this at this stage, except probably with less potatoes if you are only making it for two people as I was!
8. Cover dish with foil and bake at 180C/350F until the fish is cooked and the potatoes are fully tender. I forgot to time it, but I would say check it after 30 mins, less if using fresh fish.
9. Serve with a green vegetable or salad.
Sorry the presentation isn’t great on this photo, but I forgot I was going to photograph it and just threw it all on the plates. It’s colourful at least!
I hesitated about posting this recipe at all with my vague details and sloppy presentation, but I figured ah well, I can’t be perfect ALL the time 😉