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Coconut-Crusted Fish

I rarely cook fish at home since I'm too afraid of messing it up. Recommendations for easy fish recipes are welcome. (especially non-salmon dishes since B doesn't like salmon.) This one was easy to prepare and tasted pretty good although it didn't look very pretty. I served it with Bahia Butternut Mash. The drink in the background is a Malibu Bay Breeze. I included that drink recipe too.

Coconut-Crusted Fish

1 lb white flesh fish filets (perch, tilapia, butterfish, cod, sole)
salt and pepper
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/3 cup coconut flakes
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs

  1. Preheat oven to 350F

  2. Oil a glass pan with 1 Tbsp olive oil.

  3. Place fish in pan in a single layer. Add salt & pepper

  4. Pour 2 Tbsp lemon juice over fish filets in pan.

  5. Combine 1/3 cup coconut flakes and 3/4 cup panko and then sprinkle generously over fish.

  6. Bake 15-25 minutes until done.

Malibu Bay Breeze

1 1/2 oz Malibu rum
4 oz pineapple juice
1 1/2 oz cranberry juice
lime wedge, for garnish
freshly grated nutmeg, garnish

Build in a highball glass and garnish with the lime wedge.

Variation: Pour 1 1/2 oz Malibu rum in a mixing glass. Add 1 oz each of pineapple and cranberry juices. Shake it very hard until the pineapple juice makes nice foam on top, then strain it into a chilled martini glass. Grate fresh nutmeg on top.

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That was from Dale DeGroff's book The Craft of the Cocktail. Beautiful photos that made me run out and buy a whole bunch of alcohol just so I could make those drinks. Very yum. :)

I love coconut too! But B doesn't like coconut either so I don't cook that often with it. Then again, yesterday, I made 2 loaves of banana bread, customized to our preferences. Mine added dried grated coconut. His added dried cranberries. Both of us quite happy.

I'm always so worried that I'll either dry out fish or won't cook it long enough - it's something I'd like to work on too!

Thanks for sharing this recipe!

In that case, I have one more fish recipe that I've learned so far:
Susanne's Baked Cod

Yum! :) I have quite a few favourite fish recipes at the moment:

Fish cakes (I make these the easy way, just using a tin of boneless, skinless salmon - I'm not the biggest salmon fan either, but it tastes good in fish cakes - leftover mashed potatoes and an egg. Mix together, season with salt and pepper, form into patties and cook in a pan sprayed with oil. You can also roll in breadcrumbs before you fry them, and adding a bit of crushed feta cheese or parmesan to the mix is tasty too).

Citrus Fish Kebabs.

Homemade fish and chips. (I have this at least once a week on average.)

Cajun-spiced Fish Fillets.

Fisherman's Pie.

Salmon and chilli pasta.

Dill and Lemon Fish Filo Parcels.

Lemon Fish Fettucine.

oh wow...lots of good ideas here. I especially like the idea of fish cakes though I wonder if it would give the frying smell that my boyfriend hates. I like the sound of the Fisherman's Pie too. When it refers to 'reduced-fat spread' are they referring to butter?

That recipe is from the website for Healthy Food Guide magazine, which tends to recommend the use of lower fat olive/canola oil based spreads (like Olivio - not sure if you have that) over butter, but you could just as easily use butter itself. :)

And I actually don't do well with either digesting or smelling heavily fried foods either, but I find that you don't get that smell if you just fry the fish cakes in a sprayed pan rather than with lots of oil. Or you can bake them. If I'm feeling lazy and don't feel like washing a pan, I just put them on a cookie tray, spray the tops with oil and bake them in the oven for ten minutes until they go golden.

I usually do the suggested variations with the pie by the way, and added chopped hardboiled eggs and cover the top with mashed potato and a bit of cheese instead of the bread.

That fish sounds like it'd be really good, but I'm really suspicious of fish because I've eaten cod before and it had heaps of bones in it... I do like salmon and stuff like shark though. Maybe I could use this recipe but use shark?

I don't mind fish bones as long as they're big enough to spot and spit back out. My favorite fish dish is Steamed Flounder with Ginger and Scallions at Chinese restaurants. So good. But yeah...watch out for those bones. I don't think I've ever seen shark for sale. Would mahi mahi be another good meaty fish that doesn't have much in the way of bones?

I use to make this white fish in a lime mango salsa. From what I remember you marinated the fish in the salsa and then only lightly cooked it. Shame I can't remember anything else about it other than it was really good.

I'm glad you found that recipe because that does indeed sound delicious!

Easy and tasty fish recipe that even my "I don't like seafood" boyfriend loves. :)

2 Tilapia Fillets
2 tsp minced garlic (or 2 cloves of garlic, we have a jar of minced, so that's what I use)
2 tbsp butter
Dash of salt and pepper
Pinch of paprika and parsley

Make sure the fillets are thawed. The recipe does work when they're frozen, but the time in the oven is longer. Melt the butter on the stove in a small pot, mixing with the garlic, parsley salt, pepper and paprika. Spread roughly 1/2 of the mix on the bottom of your baking dish. Put the fillets on top, then pour the rest of the mixture on top of the fillets. Bake in a 350F oven for 12-15 minutes, until the fish flakes when forked (my favorite phrase). Very tasty!! :) I usually serve this with risotto.

I know I found this recipe online, but I don't remember where. It definitely is a nice change from when we do fix salmon. (I do foil packet salmon...2 pats of butter and a generous shaking of Everglade Seasoning or Emeril's Seasoning on top, in 350F oven for ~15 minutes.)

Edited at 2011-03-27 01:22 am (UTC)

Re: Quick recipe for you

Baked fish sounds like the way to go. Thanks for the recipe!

The fish sounds wonderful and so does the drink. I have never heard of coconut flakes before.

I think I had coconut left from making Island Macaroons. Easily the best use of coconut flakes that I've made.

I really want to try it. Where do you get coconut flakes? Would a regular market like Stop&Shop have them?

yeah... Regular grocery stores should have them. I think I found it in the baking section along with the chopped nuts and chocolate chips.

I will look for this the next time I go shopping. Haddock has been on sale lately and I think this would be a wonderful way to prepare it. I will have to invite Robin's brother over so someone else can enjoy it with me. :)

Are shredded coconut and coconut flakes the same thing?

Edited at 2011-03-30 07:44 pm (UTC)

I don't know if you eat fried fish at all but I LOVE fried haddock.

2 pounds fresh haddock fillets (skin on preferably)
2 eggs
1 cup milk
2 cups Italian bread crumbs
Canola oil

Cut fillets into pieces about 5-6 inches long
Beat eggs in bowl and mix in milk
Dip fish in egg/milk mixture and then roll in bread crumbs to coat
(after all the pieces have been done once I usually repeat for a thicker coating)
Heat oil (about 1/2 inch deep) in frying pan
When oil is hot fry fish to a golden brown, about 1.5-2 minutes on each side

I love these served with garlic mashed potato

I LOVE fried fish but tend to only order it when I'm eating out. Fish and chips -- yum!

I love fish and chips too but it's different done this way. I don't know what prompted me to try the seasoned Italian breadcrumbs but it works.

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Re: I loooove fish!

That often? Wow. So when you say fish cooks quickly...how long is that? Less than 10 minutes in the broiler? My fear is that I'll undercook the fish and poison myself or else overcook it and make it all dry and yucky.

I like anything with coconut.

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