Fresh Snapper in a Shallot Tamarind Sauce

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This savoury and sweet recipe works well with any flaky white fish, like flounder, grouper or rockfish.

Fresh Snapper in a Shallot Tamarind Sauce
Calories per serving:201
Ready in:1 day, 2 hours
Prep. time:14 hours
Cook time:12 hours
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Carla Cancio-Bello, J.D., on behalf of Cuban Cuisine UK
First published:13th April 2015

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  1. Over medium high flame, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a deep-sided frying pan. Season fish with salt and pepper.
  2. Fry fish until well browned on each side (about 5 minutes per side). Remove the fish from the pan and drain.
  3. Heat the 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add the ginger and shallots, sautéing until the onion is translucent and softened (about 3 minutes). A
  4. dd the garlic and remove from heat shortly thereafter being careful not to burn the garlic.
  5. In a saucepan combine the tamarind concentrate, sugar and water. Bring the mixture to a simmer over a medium flame. Cook until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the saucepan from the heat.
  6. Stir the tamarind mixture into the shallot mixture that is still in the skillet. Add the chilli pepper (if using), cinnamon, lemon juice, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Thoroughly stir the mixture, cover, and bring it up to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the fish and coat each side with the sauce. Continue to simmer for 15 minutes more or until the tamarind sauce has thickened and the fish is done. The fish should easily flake apart with a fork.

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Chef's notes

Any good white fish goes well in this recipe such as tilapia, snapper, grouper and flounder.

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This recipe has been added courtesy of Carla Cancio-Bello - cuban Unfortunately, as of February 2019 the website is no longer in existence.

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