Tagged with fish

Sole with Mint, Peas, and Fennel

Sole with Mint, Peas, and Fennel

This is an elegant dish for a dinner party that is easy to prepare. Flatfish with mint sauce is a combination I saw in one of Biba Caggiano’s cookbooks. In this case I used sole. If turbot is the king of flatfish, then sole certainly is the queen. But you could also use turbot or … Continue reading

Smoked Sardines (Sardinas Ahumadas)

Smoked Sardines (Sardinas Ahumadas)

In Spain we visited the city of Logroño, which is in the Rioja wine region but also famous for its tapas scene. One of my favorite tapas I tried there was smoked sardines (served on toast with roasted bell pepper). It turns out that it is pretty simple and quick to smoke sardines at home, and … Continue reading

Understanding Food Safety

Understanding Food Safety

After the trilogy of posts about understanding what happens to meat when you cook it in terms of juiciness, tenderness, succulence, flavor, and appearance, another important subject to cover is food safety. This post does not just apply to meat, but also to other animal-based foods such as seafood, and plant-based foods such as vegetables. … Continue reading

Sole with Yogurt Remoulade Sauce

Sole with Yogurt Remoulade Sauce

Fried fish is really good with remoulade sauce, but that mayonnaise-based sauce is not the most healthy of options. And so I decided to try making a version with yogurt at its base, and tried it with baby sole, pan-fried in clarified butter. It was delicious! Clarified butter is much easier to use than regular … Continue reading

Grilled Sardines

Grilled Sardines

This blog is sometimes about fancy food or wine, but mostly it is about food prepared from scratch using high quality fresh ingredients, in such a way that the ingredients shine. During our travels I didn’t do a lot of cooking that was interesting enough to blog about, but these sardines were so fresh that … Continue reading

Linguine with Sole and Lemon Zest

Linguine with Sole and Lemon Zest

This elegant pasta dish can be prepared in the time it takes to cook the pasta. Succulent pieces of sole fillet (I actually used plaice, schol in Dutch) are tossed with linguine pasta in a simple sauce of white wine, lemon zest, parsley, extra virgin olive oil and butter. It is important not to overcook the … Continue reading

Fresh Cod alla Vicentina with Polenta

Fresh Cod alla Vicentina with Polenta

Bacalà alla Vicentina is a famous dish from the North Italian city of Vicenza, prepared with dried cod. The cod is cooked low and slow and flavored with onions, anchovies, parsley, milk, extra virgin olive oil, and grated cheese (grana padana or parmigiano reggiano). This is one of the exceptions where cheese is actually paired … Continue reading

Fish and Parsnip Balls with Tarragon

Fish and Parsnip Balls with Tarragon

I had some left-over remoulade sauce in my fridge, along with some parsnips that needed to be used. And so I decided to buy some fish fillet and make these fish and parsnip balls. The reasoning behind it was that there is tarragon in the remoulade sauce (as well as the similar chervil) and that … Continue reading

Bouillabaisse

Bouillabaisse

Bouillabaisse is a classic fish soup from Marseille in France. The name comes from boiling (bouilla) over low (baisse) heat. Originally it was made from fish that fishermen had left over. Now there are so many versions that a group of restaurants in Marseille has published a charter to define what bouillabaisse should be. According … Continue reading

Thai Fish Mousse (Hor Mok Pla)

Thai Fish Mousse (Hor Mok Pla)

The second course of our High Heel Gourmet-inspired Thai feast was Thai fish mousse (Hor Mok Pla). The flavors are quite similar to Thai fish cakes (Tod Mun Pla), as it is fish with Thai red curry paste. But the texture is quite different, as it is steamed rather than deep fried, and rather than … Continue reading

Marinated Mackerel

Marinated Mackerel

Mackerel is a cheap and tasty fish that is healthy as well because it is full of the omega 3 fatty acids. In this recipe the fat mackerel is paired with a tart marinade and sweet onions. This preparation is very easy and perfect for summer, as it is served cold. It is a simplified … Continue reading

Risotto with Braised Fennel and Whiting

Risotto with Braised Fennel and Whiting

Fennel develops a great flavor when it is braised slowly until it lightly caramelizes and becomes mushy, and it pairs well with fish.  In this case I chose whiting, and used the heads and bones of the fish to make a fish stock to make risotto. The fish is only just cooked through by adding … Continue reading

Kibbeling (Fried Cod Cheeks)

Kibbeling (Fried Cod Cheeks)

Kibbeling is one of the most popular Dutch fish snacks. The name has been derived from kabeljauwwang (cod cheek), although nowadays a lot of kibbeling is no longer made from actual cod cheeks but from other pieces of cod, hake, or haddock. When I saw cod cheeks at the fish monger, it was easy to decide that I would … Continue reading

Hot-Smoked Halibut with Guacamole

Hot-Smoked Halibut with Guacamole

Although I’m usually more into authentic traditional dishes, lately I’ve been doing a lot of fusion. Sometimes it works surprisingly well, like this hot-smoked halibut with guacamole. The flavors and textures are a very good combination. Hot smoking is so easy to do and provides you with a lot of flavor for little effort. All … Continue reading

Chinese Hot Pot

Chinese Hot Pot

Have you been wondering what I made with the Chinese chicken stock? Well, here it is: Chinese hot pot (also known as Mongolian hot pot), a festive dish that is delicious, healthy, and surprisingly easy to prepare for such a feast. As always, it is worth making your own stock. Raw meat, seafood and vegetables … Continue reading

Hake in the Spanish Way (Merluza a la Romana)

Hake in the Spanish Way (Merluza a la Romana)

When we visited Spain recently, I tried Merluza a la Romana, which is hake covered with beaten egg and then pan-fried. Unlike its Dutch counterpart lekkerbekje or the British fish and chips, this Spanish version is not deep fried and not crispy. In that sense it is also different from fish fingers, which can be pan fried but … Continue reading

Thai Style Sole Sous-Vide

Thai Style Sole Sous-Vide

Fish is easily overcooked, and so the precise temperature control of sous-vide cooking is great to always obtain tender juicy fish that is perfectly cooked. Moreover, vacuum sealing the fish with a marinade allows the marinate to penetrate optimally while the fish cooks. Fish only takes a short time to cook sous-vide, as it only … Continue reading

Risotto alla Marinara (Risotto with Fish)

Risotto alla Marinara (Risotto with Fish)

Marinara sauce is the American-Italian term for tomato sauce, but in Italy it usually refers to a sauce prepared in the style of  the seaman’s wife and is a tomato-based sauce with seafood. I really liked the risotto alla marinara I had at Ristorante Anna in the Adriatic beach town Gabicce Mare, and decided to … Continue reading

Tuna Tacos

Tuna Tacos

I used my first homemade corn tortillas to make tuna tacos. Tacos are stuffed tortillas (either wheat or corn). Tuna tacos are not very traditional, but they sure are delicious. I stuffed the tacos with ancho seared tuna, pico de gallo (a raw tomato salsa) and avocado. We tried this with both soft and crispy tacos, … Continue reading

Reconstructed Sole à la Meunière

Reconstructed Sole à la Meunière

That fillet of sole looks thick, doesn’t it? That is because the two fillets have been ‘glued’ together with transglutaminase, a natural enzyme sold as Activa RM (USA) or Activa EB (Europe). This way the sole has its original shape and thickness, but without the bones inside! It is as if the bones were removed … Continue reading

Hanoi Turmeric Fish with Dill

Hanoi Turmeric Fish with Dill

This recipe intrigued me at once when I saw it on Sandra’s Please Pass the Recipe. Firstly because I’ve never cooked Vietnamese before, and secondly because although fish and dill are a well-known combination (especially in Scandinavia), I had never heard of dill being used in Asian cuisine. This is how Sandra described it: “Cha … Continue reading

Seafood Cous Cous

Seafood Cous Cous

The final dish in the series of Sicilian dishes I cooked for my parents is a seafood cous cous. I’m hesitant to refer to it as “Cous Cous Siciliano”, because I used a few shortcuts. You see, traditional cous cous in Sicily is made from scratch from coarse semolina flour and water, and then steamed … Continue reading

Hot Smoked Trout

Hot Smoked Trout

Stovetop smokers are wonderful. You can use them either on the stovetop or outside using burners. They are very easy to use: simply add a few tablespoons of smoking dust and the food item you wish to smoke, close the smoker, heat it for 15-20 minutes, and out comes a beautifully smoked fish or whatever … Continue reading

Ancho Chile Salmon with Chinese Cabbage

Ancho Chile Salmon with Chinese Cabbage

After trying Richard’s Ancho Chile Rub on tuna, I also wanted to try it on salmon. Combined with some Chinese cabbage prepared with fish sauce, soy sauce, and shichimi togarisahi, this makes for a dish with a small number of ingredients that is simple to prepare, but has a lot of flavor and is healthy. … Continue reading