The latest season of Come Dine With Me SA has brought with it a vast array of dishes catering to pescatarians, vegans and vegetarians – the perfect inspiration for home cooks! If you’re concerned about how your seafood intake may affect our beautiful ocean life, then this delicious recipe for Peanut, chilli and coconut crusted Kingklip, will be right up your alley.

With over 312 million kilos of seafood consumed each year, 50 percent is sourced from our local waters so it’s important to realise how sustainable fishing and shopping can save our oceans. The Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) provides information about what kinds of seafood is sustainable (green list), those you should think twice about before buying (orange list), and which are a problem (red list). Kingklip is a green list-friendly fish – and here’s how to make a hearty meal of it:

Peanut, Chilli & Coconut Crusted Kingklip served with a Plum Ginger Sauce

Serves 4

Ingredients:

Fish

6 x Kingklip filets (200g)
½ cup flour for dusting
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Oil for deep frying

Crust

1 cup peanuts coarsely crushed
1 tablespoon brown sugar
6 tablespoons of shredded coconut
½ teaspoon of minced chilli
½ teaspoon garlic crushed
1 teaspoon ginger crushed
3 tablespoon olive oil

Plum Ginger Sauce

½ cup plum jam with 1 teaspoon chilli
2 teaspoon lemon rind
2 tablespoons grated ginger
2 tablespoons coriander chopped
160ml apple cider
1 tablespoon Marmite
½ cup lemon juice
½ teaspoon crushed garlic
4 tablespoons dark brown sugar

Method

Fish

Dry fish with paper towel, mix spices and flour together in plastic bag.
Toss fish in spices until well coated, shake off excess.
Brush well with melted butter and lemon juice – just enough to coat and bake at 180C till cooked.
Prepare the crust by mixing all the crust ingredients together (except the oil).
Pan fry the crust ingredients until golden brown. Set aside.

Plum Ginger Sauce

Combine all the ingredients, except the herbs, bring to the boil and simmer for eight minutes until sauce slightly thickens and reduces (heat up before serving).

For more delicious recipe ideas, tune into the series repeat of Come Dine With Me South Africa on BBC Lifestyle (DSTV channel 174) on Tuesdays at 21:00.

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