Crispy Fish and Couscous Salad

From issue #9.
Photography by Becky Nunes.
Crispy Fish and Couscous Salad

Serves: 4


800 grams firm white fish fillets – such as tarakihi or gurnard

Spice Paste
1⁄4 cup plain, thick yoghurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1⁄2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garam masala

Couscous Salad
2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cardamom
250 ml chicken stock
250 grams instant couscous (Dish recommends Tipiak brand)
1 teaspoon salt 70 grams flaked almonds, toasted
1⁄4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley or coriander
1 lemon

To serve
thick plain yoghurt watercress or baby cos leaves


Spice Paste: Combine the spice paste ingredients in a wide dish. Spread over both sides of the fish and leave to marinate for 30 minutes.

Couscous: Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and add the onion, garlic and cardamom. Cook gently until the onion is tender, adding a little water if it starts to catch. Add the chicken stock and bring to the boil. Stir in the couscous and the salt, remove from the heat and cover tightly. Leave for 15 minutes. Fluff the couscous with a fork then add the almonds, herbs and a good squeeze of lemon juice.

Fish: Heat a non-stick sauté pan with a little oil. Put the fish, presentation side down first, into the pan and sprinkle with a little salt. Cook until a crust forms then turn over and cook the other side. Don’t have the pan too hot or the yoghurt will burn.

To serve: Spoon the couscous onto serving plates and top with the fish. Add a dollop of yoghurt and a few salad leaves. Serves 4