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Galilee-Style Whole Fried Fish

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Category: Asia
Forum Name: The Middle East
Forum Discription: From Turkey and the Arabic Peninsula to Pakistan and the far corners of Alexander's Empire.
Printed Date: 08 December 2021 at 02:23

Topic: Galilee-Style Whole Fried Fish
Posted By: TasunkaWitko
Subject: Galilee-Style Whole Fried Fish
Date Posted: 09 July 2018 at 10:36
Here is another recipe that I received from Saveur Online Magazine's "Recipe of the Day." I had some discussion about this with Brook and a couple of other folks, and while we agree that the appellation "Galilee-Style" might be a bit of a misnomer, it does indeed look to be a tasty dish.

The recipe calls for the fish to be prepared "à la meunière," which is a French term meaning, "in the style of the miller's wife." This means that it is rolled in flour before frying; not a bad option at all, but something about this recipe calls to me, telling me that I should be grilling the fish over charcoal, sans flour or oil.

In any case, the flavor profile itself looks to be very good indeed; I would like to try this and will attempt to do so. When I do, I'll report on it.


Quote Galilee-Style Whole Fried Fish

Photo by Ted Cavanaugh

From Saveur's Online Magazine:

Quote Before frying [the] fish...gently rub their skin and inner cavities with salt, then rinses. This trick seasons and cleans the fish, readying them for dredging.

To Serve 4

What You Will Need:

Baking Sheet
Wax Paper
Large Rimmed Plate
Deep Fry Thermometer
Heavy Pot

2 branzini, porgy, or other whole fish (1½ lb. each), gutted and cleaned
1/4 cup plus 1½ tsp. kosher salt, divided
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 long hot chile or jalapeño, minced
2 tbsp. olive oil, plus more as needed
3 medium lemons, halved, plus 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1.5 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
1.5 tsp. cumin seeds
1.5 tsp. sweet paprika
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups corn, vegetable, or canola oil


Rub the fish all over with ¼ cup salt, massaging it into their skin and cavities. Rinse under cold water and pat dry.

Make the spice rub: In a small food processor, combine the parsley, garlic, chile, olive oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, pepper, cumin, salt, and paprika; pulse to a coarse paste. Set aside.

Make three ?-inch-deep cuts along the length of each fish side. Rub 1 tablespoon of spice rub on the outside of each fish.

Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Pour the flour onto a large rimmed plate. Dredge each fish in the flour to coat on all sides; pack a little into the cuts and cavities. Shake off any excess flour, then transfer the fish to the baking sheet.

Set a deep-fry thermometer in a large, heavy pot. Add the oil and heat to 350°F. Add one or both fish (as many as you can fit without crowding), and fry, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, 4–6 minutes total. Do not move the fish until the underside is golden brown or the skin will stick to the pot.

Transfer the fish to a paper-towel-lined platter. Serve warm with the lemon halves over a bed of Freekeh Salad with Fennel and Chiles, if desired.

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