Oven Baked Fish

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During the holidays my teenage son and the hubby went out fishing quite often, taking my brothers and brother in laws with them for boys only evenings!

Most evenings the only thing that they came back with were long tales about fish that got away, or, tales of what seemed like fish that were not hungry 😉

Then luck struck- my son brought home a beautiful sized grunter- with some reports being 5kg in weight and others being 7kg in weight- I guess we’ll never really know as it was to be our supper the next evening.

Being the holidays, we had all of my immediate family down in Durban and so we bought another red fish from the seafood store up on Ridge Road and planned a small seafood feast with all the family as well as a seafood paella ( recipe will be posted soon I promise! ) on the side.

Apologies for the bad pictures, with so many people awaiting that fish, I was lucky to be able to get a quick shot in 🙂

Oven Baked Fish

Salt- to taste
Fine pepper powder- to taste
1 level tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp Gorimas red chilli paste OR fresh ground red chilli
1 tsp dhana jeeru powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric
1 and 1/2 tbls crushed garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbls Store bought fish masala ( preferably from an Indian spice store )
1/4 tsp ginger garlic paste

Place all the above into a dish and make a paste.

Rinse the fish. Pat dry with some paper towels.
Make slits into the fish.
Place fish onto a baking pan.
Coat fish with the above paste, coat the inside of the fish as well.
Top the fish with thick slices of onion and tomato as well as lemon.
Place a few slices into the fish as well.
Cover with foil.
Leave for 15 minutes to marinate.

Preheat oven to 220 degrees C.
Drop oven temp to 200 deg C and place the fish inside.
Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the flesh has turned white.

Serve with chips, salad and garlic bread.

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