Last weekend at the farmer’s markets, I bought a ton of fresh lemons. I was really inspired by all the pretty bright colors of summer and wanted to make something really pretty and bright! Following my previous post on the mango salad, I couldn’t help but make another summer theme dish. I also bought some fresh cod fish fillets and decided on making some crispy fried fish.
I‘ve always love fried fish. Not so much of fried chicken, but a good fried fish is always on my list of current cravings. Now, normally I would love the pairing of crispy fish with chips but somehow this time, I decided on the the saffron-butter rice option instead. I feel that the saffron-butter rice just complements the fish so well and a couple squirts of fresh lemon juice to finish just makes the flavors pop!
Crispy Lemon Fish
1lb cod fish fillet
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
3/4 cup all-purpose flour (plus extra for dredging)
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup oil for frying
1 whole lemon
To make the crispy fish:
Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over a medium-high heat.
Meanwhile, season the fish with salt and pepper and then coat them in a little all-purpose flour.
Now, in a shallow dish break the eggs and lightly season with salt, pepper, and then add in the fresh thyme leaves. Mix that all together. Dip the flour coated fish into the egg mixture and then coat them with the combine flour mixture of all-purpose and the cornstarch. Shake off excess flour and let it rest for 5 minutes. Cook the fish fillet in the hot oil for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Squeeze the juice of a whole lemon over the hot fried fish.
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup uncooked long grain white rice
2 cups chicken broth or water
1 pinch saffron threads
salt and pepper
1 whole lemon, juice and rind
Heat the butter and olive oil in a pot over medium heat, then add the rice,saffron, salt and pepper and stir to coat. Then add in the chicken broth and lemon rind. Reduce the heat and cover. Allow it to simmer for about 20 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed. Fluff it with a fork and then squezee the lemon juice over the warm rice.