Haitian Fried Fish

Dachenie Ganthier, Contributing Writer

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Hey, seafood lovers! Haitian fried fish is one of my favorite dishes from the whole fritay category. Fritay is a Haitian word for fried foods.  Fried fish is one of the easiest dishes to make. As always, pikliz and fried plantains would be wonderful and delicious side dishes to go with your fried fish, and you should feel free to double or triple the ingredient amounts for a bigger crowd.

 

Epis

Ingredients:

1 medium onion

Half of 1 bell pepper (green or red)

3 cloves of garlic

1 bunch of scallions

A few leaves of parsley

Pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Blend all the ingredients until they form a paste. You can blend a good amount of epis and refrigerate it for months.

 

The Fried Fish

Ingredients:

2 limes

Epis

Fish, defrosted (2 bags of frozen fillet fish; I recommend snapper, but any kind will do)

1 and 1/2 sour oranges

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups oil

Salt to taste

 

Directions:

Put your fish in a large bowl. Wash the fish, then clean and squeeze the oranges over it. Then, scrub the orange remains all over the fish. After letting the fish sit for a few minutes, repeat this process with the limes.

Sprinkle half of a palmful of salt all over the fish. Then, let it sit for 10 minutes to let the flavor develop. After 10 minutes, rinse the fish, put it back inside the large bowl, and then add the epis you blended earlier.

Mix the epis and the fish really well. Put the mixture in a container and let it sit for a few hours. I would strongly recommend letting it sit in the fridge overnight, but a few hours will do if you’re short of time.

Pour flour in a flat container. Then, take the fish with the epis flavor and put it in the flour, making sure that the fish is completely covered.

Heat up a pan over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the oil and heat for 2-3 minutes. After the oil is hot, add the fish fillets one by one. Add as many fillets into the pan as can fit.

Fry each side for 2-3 minutes or until the fish becomes as crispy as you would like it. After frying, eat this masterpiece. Enjoy!

We are coming to the end of the year, and I just want to thank my readers for keeping up with my recipes. And, as always, if you want to try other Haitian recipes, check out my other recipes on  https://registerforum.org/.

Have a great summer!