Fish can be cooked in many ways not just fried. Because I really like cooked food, I wanted to diversify the fish-based recipes a bit. The biggest problem is the raw material, ie the fish. Extremely rare I find fresh, quality fish. We find it in the big stores frozen or so called "fresh". For some time I only buy from Lidl, and it's not an advertisement. I like both frozen and refrigerated products. I like the Nile Hall the most. The flesh is white and the consistency of the fish is firm. I successfully used it both fried and chopped in different recipes. One of them is today.
About 300 gr fillets of Salau de Nil (I took a whole bigger piece, but I didn't use it all for meatballs)
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 green onion threads
1 small bunch of finely chopped fresh parsley
A handful of finely chopped basil
2-3 tablespoons breadcrumbs (homemade)
2 cloves of crushed or crushed garlic
For the sauce:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves of garlic
5-6 cherry tomatoes
150 ml of tomato juice
Salt, freshly ground pepper and a little sugar to taste
A few sprigs of fresh basil
Method of preparation:
The fish is cut into pieces and passed through a meat grinder or chopped on a robot. Put the meat in a bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and mix by hand or spoon. I have no problem getting my hands dirty and I always prefer to mix minced meat with my hands. I did the same here… After mixing and seasoning to taste I left the chopped fish in the fridge for 15-20 minutes. With wet hands I shaped meatballs.
In a non-stick pan I put 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil. When the oil is hot, I put the meatballs and lightly fried them over low heat, so they don't burn. They should not be completely fried, but only on the surface. The 2 cloves of garlic are cut into small pieces and put in the pan. Add the cherry tomatoes and leave on the fire for 2-3 minutes. Add the tomato juice, put a lid on the pan and let it simmer for 8-10 minutes.
At the end, season with salt, freshly ground pepper and a little sugar. We turn off the heat, add the finely chopped basil and that's about it. Serve the meatballs with your favorite garnish. I put basmati rice next to it, it goes very well with fish and it is made quite quickly. May it be useful to you !!!
TIPS: the breadcrumbs used for meatballs are made from croutons (2-3 days old white bread. Cut into cubes, sprinkle with olive or sunflower oil, season to taste – I add hot paprika and oregano. in the oven in a tray lined with baking paper until they become dry and crispy, leave to cool and store in a metal box.