Baked Fish Topped with Fresh Salsa & Served with Roasted Poblano Rice (serves 6)

Some of us wanted salad this past Friday, while others craved fish (me!) so my compromise was to make a fish with the feel of something raw and fresh-tasting. This was the perfect solution and gave us all the feeling of warmer days ahead!

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Baked Fish with Salsa and rice – very refreshing and zesty dinner

I think salsa can be added to so many dishes to give it crunch and zestiness. The key is finding good Roma/plum tomatoes, and I was lucky this time around. The other key is cilantro, which I used in abundance! I did not add diced red onion to this salsa (which I normally do) as I was pairing it with fish. Fish and onion:  yucky combination I’m afraid.
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Cilantro and Lime in my salsa

The rice would have been fine on its own but I added some smokey poblano peppers to tie the salsa and rice together and  it did wonders for the mild-tasting fish.
Poblano pepper

This is a Poblano pepper and it is said to hail from Puebla in central Mexico. It has a thick, dark-green skin and is generally mild to medium-hot with a lovely smokey flavor

Try this out next Friday and see if you can’t taste the arrival of Spring!
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* to make this a Blood Type A diet recipe, make the following changes: omit the pepper and put chopped up cilantro or parsley into your cooked rice. Do not use tilapia, only cod for baking fish. Omit butter and dot with olive oil instead. Top fish with a mixture of mashed Avocado, lime juice, cilantro and salt to taste*

You will need:

for baked fish:

3 lbs firm white fish (cod, haddock, sole, tilapia, scrod – can be mixed fish)

salt and pepper for fish seasoning

1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 1/2 tbs unsalted butter

for the Fresh Salsa:

6 Roma tomatoes – halved, cored & seeded  (and discarded) and flesh finely diced

1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro

2 tbs lime juice

1 jalapeno pepper – finely minced (remove the seeds and inside veins if desired, but not necessary

3/4 tsp coarse salt or sea salt flakes

for the rice:

6 or so cups cooked Basmati rice (if using a rice-cooker: use 3 cup measure of rice and water and cook according to instructions. If using stove top: use 2 cups of rice and follow instructions)

2 or 3 Poblano peppers (if small, use 3, if large use 2)

Method:

1 – Put rice on to cook and roast poblano pepper.

Wash and dry Poblano and place on a baking sheet. Place close to the grill in the oven and grill until all sides are charred. you will have to check every 3 or so minutes and turn peppers to get the whole thing charred.

grill poblano

grill poblano

2 – After you char the peppers, place in a brown paper or zip-top bag and close. Let them steam and cool for about 15 minutes. Remove from bag and pull the skin off. It should come off in good-sized stripes. Do not rinse under water as this washes away the flavor.

seed, de-vein adn dice

seed, de-vein and dice

3 – Cut the Poblano in half and remove the seeds by scraping with a knife. Dice peppers. When rice is cooked, mix peppers into rice. Set aside and keep warm.

mix rice and peppers

mix peppers with rice

Make Salsa:

1 – Prepare the tomatoes and place in a bowl, along with the chopped cilantro, minced jalapeno, lime juice and salt. Taste and add more salt and lime juice if you think it needs it.

dice Roma tomatoes

Dice Roma tomatoes

Make Salsa and set aside in fridge

Make Salsa and set aside in fridge

Bake fish:

Preheat oven 450*

1 – Put washed and dried fish on large baking sheet in a single layer. Dot with butter and season with some salt and black pepper. Toss the cilantro leaves over the whole dish and then cover tightly with tin foil.

place fish on baking sheet with seasonings

place fish on baking sheet with seasonings

 2 – Place the fish in the oven and bake for about fifteen minutes.

Bake fish for about 15 minutes

Bake fish for about 15 minutes in a 450* oven

 Serve fish with some of its juices and a portion of rice topped with a big spoonful of salsa. A little Greek yogurt or sour cream as a garnish is also a nice touch!

Serve

Serve

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