Californian Grilled Fish: Real Food Fast!
Delia Smith scores again! This is REAL food FAST! With the help of a food processor (or blender) this zesty and uber-quick fish recipe is one that you’d be proud to serve for a home supper or impress your chums at a dinner party.
Delia’s Coriander & Lime Tartare Sauce is so easy to make at home – just make sure you add the oil really slowly, in a thin stream, or the sauce will split (curdle; it will look like softly scrambled eggs). If it does begin to split – stop the process, add another egg yolk and blitz again, then continue with the oil. The sauce will keep I’ll in a screw-top glass jar in the refrigerator for at least a week.
For the Californian Fish topping, you can use breadcrumbs from any good quality, organic bread. I stress organic, because it’s really, really important to avoid glyphosate which is now ubiquitously used to spray cereal and other crops immediately before harvesting. However, crumbs from authentic, organic sourdough bread are most digestible and if you’re grain-free, use a little more grated cheese and substitute the breadcrumbs for a small egg yolk to hold the fish topping together.
Delia serves this with tiny new potatoes, tossed in chives and lemon juice, and a plain lettuce salad. Who am I to disagree?!
[Photo credit: Delia Smith and you can find Delia’s original recipe here.]
Our thoughts on fish
Good quality farmed fish is hard to find. Farmed fish are intensively reared: often thousands of fish are raised in pens, leading to the growth of diseases and parasites that are routinely treated with antibiotics and pesticides.
I recommend wild caught white fish: cod, herring, sole, halibut are low in fat, very easy on the digestive system and high in vitamins and minerals supportive to metabolic health. High fat fish (particularly salmon) are invariably farmed nowadays and are high in less-than-optimally-healthy unsaturated fats.
On the other hand, shell-fish (cold water prawns, scallops, lobster) contain a high ratio of protein to unsaturated fat and provide high levels of vitamin A, zinc and selenium, which support metabolic health (this means energy!). Oysters, mussels and clams are the best choice as they can be eaten’nose-to-tail’ and so provide high levels of nutrients.
These days it’s common to buy fish from the supermarket. It may be convenient, but much much better quality, price and advice) is be be had from finding a traditional fishmonger. Alternatively search on line for fresh fish delivery – get together with friends, buy in bulk and freeze it!
Pasture-raised meats, dairy, eggs and wild caught fish have a vastly superior nutritional profile, as do organic, or cleanly grown grains, fruits and vegetables. Please try to source your food as well as you are able.