Monday, December 12, 2011

Fresh Fish

Fish is a cheap way to get protein. We haven't gone fishing in a while but we sure like to do so.  The pond across the road has some fish in it but we've been so busy that we haven't gone over in a long time.  I've also given thought to transforming the stock tank/pool into a fish pond to raise tilapia, although the pool may not be deep enough.   
One nice thing about fish is that it cooks really quickly.  This is good in any type of situation where you don't have a lot of fuel for the cooking.  There's another way to eat your fish that doesn't take any cooking at all.  You need to use fresh fish and also healthy fish.  The first is just eating it raw. (Think sushi)  The second way is ceviche.  What is that?  It's fish that's cooked in the acid of lemons or limes.  You don't cook it with heat.  If you like fish you really should try ceviche.  You may read that you can only use one kind of fish.  That's not true.  It's better with a firmer fish but any fish will do.  You can vary the recipe just like anything else you cook.  Here's a recipe - cut everything into bite sized pieces.  Do your own thing and use the ingredients from your garden.  And if you are lucky to have your own pond or creek then you can truly make this meal completely home made.
One pound of fillet of trout, tilapia, mahi-mahi, snapper, shrimp, blue gill (anything!!) cut into bite sized pieces
about a cup of lime or lemon juice
a couple of tomatoes, peeled and chopped (I don't peel) 
1/2 to 1 onion, chopped (I use white and red for added color)
1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped (or 1/2 red and 1/2 green)
pinch or so of salt
1/4 cup olive oil - optional
1/8 cup red wine vinegar - optional
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
1 teaspoon of powdered sugar - optional
1 finely chopped jalapeno pepper - optional

Rinse the fish.  Put it into a nonmetallic bowl.  Cover the fish with the juice, stir to coat it.  Marinate for anywhere from a couple of hours to all day.  Drain the liquid.  Mix the rest of the ingredients and pour it over the fish and mix together.  Serve cold with crackers or by itself. 

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