Fish in a spicy tomatillo sauce

    50 min

    A wonderful fish dish, which has the perfect combination of flavours and textures. Basa fillets are pan-seared, then simmered in a spicy tomatillo sauce and served with freshly cooked rice.

    33 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 280g long grain white rice
    • 600ml water
    • 3 teaspoons chicken stock granules
    • 450g fresh tomatillos, husks removed
    • 3 jalapeno chillies, cut into large pieces
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1 tablespoon salt or to taste
    • 1 tablespoon corn oil
    • 80g chopped onion, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    • 675g basa fish fillets
    • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Combine the rice, water and stock granules in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes or until rice is tender and water has been absorbed. Set aside.
    2. Meanwhile, in a large pot, bring about 5cm of water to the boil. Add jalapenos and cook for 5 minutes, then add the tomatillos. Boil for 5 more minutes. Remove the tomatillos with a slotted spoon and transfer to a liquidiser. Add 1 clove of garlic, salt and 1 or 2 jalapenos. Puree until liquid, then taste and blend in more jalapeno as desired. Set aside.
    3. Heat the corn oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onions and 1 clove of garlic; cook and stir until fragrant. Add the fish fillets and cook for about 2 minutes per side. Pour in the tomatillo sauce and mix in the coriander and lime juice. Simmer for a few minutes or place under a grill until fish flakes easily with a fork.
    4. Serve fish immediately on a bed of rice. Spoon sauce over the top. Enjoy with your favourite ice cold beverage.

    Fresh tomatillos

    Can be purchased in speciality markets when in season. If unavailable, use tinned tomatillos, which are available in Hispanic/Mexican speciality shops or online, but omit the boiling stage.

    Jalapeno chillies

    Can be purchased in speciality markets or online. If unavailable, use Scotch bonnet chillies to taste.

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    Delicious! I took some to work and everyone liked it, but instead of using tomatillos (don't like them that much), I used regular tomatoes. Thanks for the recipe!  -  15 Aug 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Ironically I had bought basa fillets for the 1st time and some tomatillo and jalapenos. I was looking up a recipe for the fish and found this one. Amazing. My son and I prepared it together. Only thing I did was sprinkle a little lime juice on the fish before I cooked it. It was an excellent recipe.  -  10 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was a ver simple, but delicious recipe. We had never prepared basa before and the recipe was easy to follow and resulted in a meal that we would serve to guests on the first try.  -  28 Aug 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)