- 2 limes, juice and grated zest of 1, the other halved for serving
The same shape, but smaller than…
- 1 skinned white fish fillets, such as cod or hoki, about 175-200g/6-8oz each
- 2 lemons, juice only
Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…
- 2 x 15g packets fresh thyme (you need a lot for the aroma)
This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…
- ¼ tsp white pepper
Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…
- 1 tbsp dark rum
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 onion, cut into thin rings
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- a handful of fresh coriander, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 beefsteak or 3 normal tomatoes, sliced
A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…
- 2 tsp dark muscovado sugar
- shake of Angostura bitters, optional
- basmati rice or boiled potatoes and steamed vegetables, to serve
Pour the juice and scatter the zest of the first lime into a shallow dish big enough to fit the fish in one layer. Swirl the juice around so it covers the entire surface of the dish. Lay the fish on top and pour over the lemon juice.
Strip the thyme leaves off the stalks and crush them with a pinch of salt and the white pepper using a pestle and mortar to make a rough paste. Tip the thyme paste over the fish and gently massage it in, taking care not to break up the flesh at all. Pour the rum over and give it one last rub. Cover and leave to marinate out of the fridge for about 1 hour.
Heat the oil in a wide shallow pan with a lid. Throw in the onion rings and cook for 4-5 minutes until they begin to soften. Tip the coriander, garlic, tomato slices and sugar in with the onions, stir and cook for about 3-4 minutes until the tomatoes begin to release their juices and everything smells sweet.
Lift the fish from its marinade and nestle it in the pan among the onions and tomatoes. Pour over the marinade, 3 tbsp of water and the Angostura bitters, if you are using it.
Cover the pan and gently cook for 6-8 minutes until the fish flakes easily and the onions are softened but still have some bite to them. Season with salt and pepper. The authentic Trinidadian dish is tangy-sweet with lots of thyme flavour and very limey, so taste the sauce and if you want more tang, squeeze over the remaining lime. Serve with basmati rice or boiled potatoes and steamed vegetables.
Using Angostura aromatic bittersAngostura aromatic bitters is a very concentrated flavouring for food and drink, made from a secret blend of herbs and spices. Use it to add a splash of the exotic to all sorts of recipes, from fruit pies and sorbets to soups and salads.