Pepper Fish Fry:
Baked Whole Fish. Baked Pepper Fish. Meen Milagu Varuval.
I have been wanting to cook 'whole fish' for a pretty long time! When you cook an animal whole with its skin-on and bone-in...it always ends up tastier, more succulent, less likely to dry out and its very interesting to spend some quality time, encountering the whole fish on the dinner plate!! For a little more quite an adventurous meal...I would also like to accompany my friends for a fishing trip and head back to grill the catch!! With this weather condition, the plan was completely moot!!!
Anyway, when I spotted this good looking fish (better than the frozen fillets, okay) bagged it quickly. Without putting too much thought into it, I attempted this pepper fish! However, I would like to create a new category saying 'Fast'!! Yeah, its fashioned around the usual style, just prepared some basic spice rub (no, not the store bought one'). Since I have been very successful baking chicken, tofu, mushrooms etc...it was decided to be done in the same way. In many ways it did simplify the process!
Whole fish (still prefer with head tho')
Lemon juice /vinegar
Pepper powder - fresh
White pepper powder 1 spoon
Walnuts/almonds ground 1-2 teaspoons
Olive oil few spoons.
Wash and clean the fish several times, remove the gut and gills.
Combine all the above mentioned ingredients and marinate the fish in it for 2-4 hours.
Bake them for about 20-30 minutes over 350 F. If necessary broil them briefly for 2 minutes.