Category Archives: Fish

Something fishy

A reader was bragging to us the other day about how many fish they caught this summer holidays, which got us thinking about the best way to cook different types of fish. Kingfish is often served as steaks, and is best when baked or stewed. It can be caught by line from rocks or a […]

Martin Buchanan, Taupo.

Smoking fish. Buy the cheapest available Smoker (usually the Warehouse) and place upon the BBQ instead of one of the grills. Using the lowest heat setting (as well as turning down the gas bottle valve) and Manaka sawdust (cutting your own creates heat) makes delicious smoked fish (Taupo trout of course), sausages, chicken, beef, veg, […]

Kurt, Auckland.

Fish smoker. Jaime Oliver uses an old biscuit tin with a chicken wire mesh to raise the meat up from the sawdust. Just place the whole thing over a gas burner or meths in a small tin.

Thirties Depression Baby, Auckland.

Some fish shops and supermarkets sell salmon frames, the back-bone left over after filleting. They are a fraction of the price of salmon steaks or fillets and can be a really good buy. If they are not on display, ask for them. Poach in a bowl over boiling water, remove all bones and mash the […]

J.S., Taupo.

I have found that cooked rice in a fish pie will extend the amount without affecting the flavour or texture of it. Adding turmeric powder will give a nice golden colour and is good for you too.

Diana, Whakatane.

Place mashed potato in the bottom of a shallow Pyrex and place hake or cod fillets on top of mash after dipping first into melted butter. Bake until fish is cooked about 12-15 minutes at 180C. Mix together – half cup of mayo., half a cup of grated cheese, 2 egg yolks, a teaspoon of […]

Merle, Brisbane.

A good economical batter that I use for fish: 1 cup S.R. flour, pinch salt, water to mix into a good batter consistency, 1 teaspoon white vinegar. Let it sit for a while, say half an hour before using. I add a drop of yellow colouring so it looks like an egg is used.

Raglob, Dunedin.

Raw fish salads are great. Just dice pieces of fish, mix with chopped up red onion, red peppers, celery, tomatoes or whatever good ingredients you have and like, then pour a vinaigrette dressing over it. This salad is good left to marinate for a while, but can be scoffed as soon as it’s mixed.

Diana, Whakatane.

Spicy fish. 3 minutes to prepare, 12 minutes to cook. Serves 2 people. Ingredients: 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, cumin, turmeric; 1 teaspoon of chilli powder (if you think this is too hot, use half the amount), 2 tablespoons of groundnut oil, 2 cloves garlic peeled and sliced, 250g fish fillet cut into 50mm pieces, […]