Dive into the August/September Edition of Chef Jeena's Seafood and Fish Recipe Roundup! We love fish here at Cindalou's where wild salmon is a frequent visitor of our kitchen table, but I thought I'd share a simple, summery white fish recipe this time. Of course wild salmon (not farmed), mackerel, and other fish are much higher in healthy Omega 3 fatty acids like EPA and DHA, but summer is a great chance to enjoy a lighter, flakier white fish like whiting, wild cod, or wild sea bass (among others). Throw in some of that abundant summer produce like fresh tomatoes, herbs, and ripe avocados and you have a balanced refreshing way to add more high quality protein to "gazpacho." While Omega 3's from oily fish are vital for health, whiting offers fewer of these good fats but a nice forkful of B12, selenium, and phosphorus instead! Whiting is a relative of the cod, so substitute your favorite wild white fish if you can't afford wild whiting (it is cheapest in the frozen section of the grocery store). Note: if you eat kosher fish, many cod fish like freshwater cod are not kosher. Whiting, or silver hake, is a relative of the kosher family Gadidae fish (cod) and a few other varieties.
~1/4 c. organic red wine vinegar
squeeze lime or lemon juice
4 fillets wild caught fish of choice, I used whiting
2 ripe avocados
2 hot peppers (jalapeños) with seeds
2 thick slices red onion (garnish)
6-10 garlic cloves
1/2" fresh ginger root
5-6 fresh roma tomatoes
1 artichoke heart (15 oz canned), in quarters (drained if canned)
1 28 oz. can organic crushed tomatoes with basil (preferably Fire Roasted style)
1/2 c. dry sherry or red wine
~ 4 T extra virgin olive oil
Spices to taste:
sea salt, pepper, turmeric, a dash cayenne pepper, 5-6 sprigs fresh cilantro, a hearty sprinkle of fresh or dried dill, and fresh parsley
If using whole fresh or canned tomatoes for the bulk of the sauce, blend those tomatoes with the fresh roma tomatoes for about 1 minute on medium high in a food processor or blender (we used our VitaMix blender). Once the tomatoes are roughly chopped into a chunky sauce, add the last half of ginger root, half of the garlic, whole peppers, and red wine vinegar (or dry sherry) to the blender and run on high for about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes until the peppers and ginger are minced. Set the sauce aside.
Finely chop the rest of the garlic and add to a small frying pan with a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil (or real butter for dairy consumers) and turn to medium high heat. While the garlic is starting to lightly brown, pit both avocados. I do this the canonical way: first, I slice the avocados lengthwise, twist off one half of each avocado, and use the knife to carefully spear the pit. Once the pit is firmly in the tip of the knife, twist the avocado and loosen the pit. Discard the pit and scoop out the avocado and set aside. I chose to slice my avocado thickly and serve it on the side, but if you prefer to make fresh guacamole with it or slice it into small chunks then go for it!
Once the garlic is lightly browned, turn the heat to medium low (2-3) and add the tomato mixture from your blender. Turn up the heat to medium (4) and bring the mixture to a simmer. Once simmering, add the rinsed (defrosted if using frozen) fish fillets.
Cook covered on medium heat (4-5) for 10-12 minutes or until the fish is thoroughly cooked and flakes easily with a fork. Squeeze the lime juice into the pan and gently stir. Serve hot with the red onion slivers, quartered artichoke hearts, and avocado (or guacamole). Drizzle the extra virgin olive oil over the top before serving (don't heat the olive oil, it breaks down and becomes rancid at high heat).
Serving Suggestions: add a chopped fresh peach (preferably organic, they are highly pesticided) or a tablespoon or two of peach salsa for a nice seasonal touch.
Ingredients I wish I had on hand to make this (future tweaks, depending on the farmers market):
fresh organic red, yellow, or orange bell peppers
fresh peaches, plums, or nectarines (chopped finely with half of the fruit for garnish, half for the gazpacho)
a peeled and sectioned blood orange (half for garnish, half for the gazpacho)
Whiting (Silver Hake) Health Benefits per 3 oz cooked:
- B12 2.2 mcg (~ 37% 1993 RDA to 111% current RDA, depending upon reference)
- Selenium 34.9 mcg (50% current RDA)
- Phosphorus 242 mg (24% current RDA)
- omega 3's 466 mg (~ 27:1 ratio of Omega 3:6 fatty acids)
Nutrition Data Chart for 1 fillet
Don't forget about the Vitamin C loaded fresh veggies in the sauce! Tomatoes are known for their antioxidant lycopene content, but they are also great source of Vitamin A and C. Note that (at least to my knowledge) the lycopene concentration is higher once the tomatoes have been processed (either finely minced or made into a sauce) and cooked. The addition of fresh produce like peaches, jalapeños (or red or yellow bell peppers), and red onion all add a punch of vitamins and enzymes to aid in digestion. Ginger and garlic (two of my favorite "spices") are excellent on many nutrition forefronts. Garlic (especially raw) consumption naturally thins the blood and aids in headaches, heart disease (don't eat 400 cloves of it if you're on blood-thinning meds, however), and circulation. Garlic is also a great antibacterial- you can finely mince and crush raw garlic cloves for a quick compress or rub for a minor cut (it stings to me). It can be used to treat athlete's foot (ginger helps here also), the common cold (via the famous "Jewish Penicillin" chicken soup), in breastfeeding problems, and even improve your memory! Ginger is famous for its ability to treat indigestion, nausea and motion sickness, and improve immunity and fight viruses to name a few pointers. The little chemical helpers known as gingerols and shogaols are thought to be responsible for the digestive action in ginger, so when you add some fresh ginger slivers (or powdered ginger) to your soup, tea, or stir fry then be sure to thank those gingerols! Now you can reflect on the shogaols while enjoying your delicate, flaked fish gazpacho mmm! Don't forget to check out Jeena's Roundup of Fresh Fish and Seafood for other bloggers' favorite seafood recipes!