Grilled Fish with Sweet and Sour Red Peppers

This is my first post from Bangalore. Well, for all practical purposes. I did, however, post this Fig, Salami and Gorgonzola Salad back in January, but that was more sporadic, totally impromptu and purely a result of tossing fancy ingredients and capturing it in my phone camera. But barring that, I've somewhat lost the zeal for blogging ever since I landed in this city. I cook much less than I used to back in my days in Calcutta. Blame it on the 50+ km journey and roughly 3 hours travel time everyday, apart from obviously the 8 hours spent at work (yes, I will keep on nagging about it in almost every blog post from now on till I land a job that doesn't compel me to travel  half the length of the city to and fro everyday). Blame it on the fact that P has forcibly appointed a cook (who, let me be honest, does a pretty neat job) to save me the rigours of cooking mundane daily food. As a result, there's always too much food at home and too little space in the fridge to house them and unfortunately, just two people to eat all of it. But mostly, blame it on my complete incapability to find out that one cranny of my new house that traps light the best. There has been a slight upgradation in my photography gear. I have finally ditched my point and shoot and embraced a Canon Rebel t3i. In the last few weeks I've been experimenting with that — not as much as I would have liked to — but still, say once a week, give or take. You see, my photography room is in the shade and the light that comes through the balcony door from a 60-75┬║ angle is a flood of white light that makes everything hazy. I have tried to play with the aperture and ISO to give the pictures as much clarity as possible, but I'm still at the baby steps stage, desperate to practise and improve but left with very, very little time to implement my plans. :(
This is the first set of photographs I took with my DSLR, not at all happy with the outcome, but hoping to get there someday. The recipe inspiration came from Gordon Ramsay's Pork Chops with Sweet and Sour Peppers. I replaced the pork with fish but it was the pepper that stole the show!
Serves: 4

For the fish:
Fish fillets (I used Basa): 8
Olive oil: 1.5 tbsp
Garlic: 3-4 cloves
Dried thyme: 1 tsp (fresh would be better)
Butter: 2 tsp
Salt: to taste
Ground black pepper: 1 tsp
Lemon juice: Of 1 lemon

For the peppers:
Olive oil: 1 tbsp
Onion, thinly sliced: 2
Red peppers, thinly sliced: 2
Salt: to taste
Ground pepper: to taste
Sugar: 1 tsp
White wine vinegar: 2-3 tsp
Fresh basil leaves, chopped: 2-3 tbsp


Marinate the fish fllets with salt, pepper and lemon juice and set aside for 3-4 hours.

For the peppers:

1. Heat the olive oil on a frying pan. Add onions and sugar and caramelise for 2 minutes. Now add the bell peppers, salt and pepper powder and saute for 4-5 minutes until soft.

2. Add vinegar and continue saute-ing for another 2 minutes

3. Allow it to reduce to your desired consistency before stirring in the chopped basil. Turn the heat off. Set aside.

For the fish:

1. Heat olive oil in the non stick frying pan and when it is sufficiently hot, add the fish fillets, making sure they do not overlap each other.

2. Immediately after, throw in the garlic cloves and thyme.

3. Add the butter to the pan and baste the fillets with the butter as they cook for 4-5 minutes. Turn it over and grill it for another 2-3 minutes till it is opaque.

4. On your serving plate, ladle a few spoonfuls of the sweet peppers and top it with a couple of grilled fish. Sprinkle a generous dose of lime juice and serve hot.
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  1. Finally a blog from you. Congrats ...and continue doing the good work. Btw...the pic is not as bad as you is quite nice and actually a huge improvement from your previous ones. So a big congrats on that also.

  2. looks super super good.. Can't wait to try it out


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