Baked Satay Fish
I had a whole fish from the market; a Skipjack, which is not a fish I've heard of before, but it was only $4 and the fishmonger said it was nice... I decided I wanted to cook it with Asian flavours, in an foil envelope. Baking fish wrapped in foil keeps it moist and locks in all the juices, and it's a really easy low-maintenance way to cook.
Looking through the fridge revealed a few things I liked; a jar of hot red curry paste, a jar of nice peanutty satay paste, fish sauce and coconut milk. I mixed up a spoonfull or so of each, and added coconut milk, lemon juice, a little hoisin sauce and my favourite salty fish sauce until it reached a nice balance of salty/sweet/tangy/spicy. Actually, I have to say that I am really proud of this paste/sauce I created; even my brother who passed by, and won't eat fish had a taste and commented that it tasted pretty darn good!
I tore off a long sheet of tinfoil, doubled it over and created a pouch for the fish - adding the paste I had made inside and rubbing it over the skin. I then stuffed some fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves inside with the paste. We have lots of tender little zucchini in the fridge as well, so I sliced up a few and scattered them around in the sauce that had started pooling around the fish and put it in a hot oven for about 30-40 minutes. I know, zucchini with an Asian dish - yes, it's not an obvious pairing, but it's what I had and I really wanted some green vegetables to accompany the fish and cut through the richness of the sauce.
The smells it sent through the house were stunning, but I was so hungry and impatient for dinner that I made the mistake of snacking on a few bits and pieces I found in the fridge, so when it was ready I could only manage about half! It was quite a rich tasting sauce anyway, especially with the extra coconut milk I drizzled over the top, so I now have about half in the fridge to enjoy for another meal soon! I was really happy with this; it's a cut above my usual meal-for-one ideas, and showed me that I could come up with something pretty good when I let my creativity take over!