This warm, spicy marinate with its rich partnership of flavors is perfect complement to lightly fried fish, such as cod, basa, sea bass or tilapia. “Marinade” is a carrot-onion sauce that the fish is covered and served with. These dish can be served hot with mashed potatoes or at room temperature as an appetizer. And the good thing is – you can make it day before serving! Try it, you’ll thank me later-)
“To marinade (from Latin “marinus” – marine) is a method of cooking utilizing strong brine – marinade. First marinades have appeared in ancient Rome and were as simple as sea water used to soak meat, fish and poultry in order to mitigate or impart other flavors. Use of sea water as first natural marinade was known to almost all “sea” peoples. In Scandinavia and Finland to the day certain caught sea fish is not only soaked but also boiled in the same water the fish lived in. Gradually, more complex marinades have developed, each with its own character and for different product: meat, fish, mushrooms, vegetables and fruits. In Southern Europe, with its developed winemaking, vinegar gradually has replaced salt and enabled to marinate fruits and vegetables for the purpose of preservation. Diverse and complex systems of marinades were developed by almost all ethnic cuisines, especially French and number of Eastern cuisines, where spices such as peppers, onions, garlic, cloves, cinnamon and anise have taken prominent roles along with salt and vinegar.
Currently, there are hundreds of recipes for various marinades which are divided into two major categories – the ones used in preparing meat, poultry and game before cooking, and the ones used with fish, vegetables and mushrooms.
Word marinade (from French “marinade” – i.e. “putting into salt water”) started being used as general name for a product made out of mushrooms, vegetables, fruits etc marinated by the mix of vinegar, salt and sugar with addition of spices. The mix itself is also being named “marinade”.”
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- 2 lb. fresh fish, cod, basa, sea bass, tilapia (skinless, boneless fillets)
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- 3-4 Tbsp. olive or grape seed oil
For the marinade:
- 4 medium carrots, peeled and shredded
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1 Tbsp. vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tbsp. oil
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 1 bay leaf
- 3-4 all-spice
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
Season the fish on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the fish and cook over medium heat, turning once, until the fish is cooked, about 3-5 minutes each side, depending on the thickness of the fillets.
While the fish is cooking mix together all ingredients for a marinade in a medium saucepan and cook over low medium heat (covered) for about 10-15 minutes. Let it cool slightly.
Serve the fish topped with a few large tablespoons of this marvelous “marinade”.