Fish with Plantain
I remember coming across this dish while travelling with my parents, in the North of Brazil near Natal. I must’ve been around 5 years old.
I even remember pulling a face when I heard my father say “We will have the fish with banana” it didn’t sound very nice. Although I’m glad we did try it. It has become a family dish and we love it.
- 4 x White fish fillet (1 per person, sometimes 2 depending on size, cod, Haddock, etc)
- 1 x carrot
- 1 x onion
- 1 x garlic clove
- 1 1/2 pint of milk
- 50 gm butter
- 50 gm flour
- 1 x tsp of powder mustard
- 200 gm of grated cheese (cheddar is ok)
- 4 x Plantain (choose the really dark and soft ones, they are the best)
- Cut the Carrot and onion into very large chunks.
- Add the carrots, onion and garlic clove to a pan, add the milk and bring it to a simmer.
- Add the fish fillets and turn off the heat, leave it in there for 5 minutes.
- If fish is frozen, let it simmer for a couple of minutes before removing from the heat.
- Remove the fillets, and place them a tray.
- Drain the milk and keep it for your sauce.
- Peal the plantains, chop them into 1 - 2 cm slices.
- Shallow fry the plantain till golden brown.
- Layer the fried plantain on top of the fish fillet.
- On another pan, melt the butter, once melted add the flour, keep stirring the mix will become a smooth paste.
- 1 ladle at the time, add the milk to the pan with the paste. Mix vigorously until its smooth and lump free.
- Repeat the process until all the milk has been used.
- Add the powder mustard.
- Add 100 gm of grated cheese and mix till smooth.
- Pour the sauce, over the plantains.
- Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.
- Get it into the oven 180C for 10 -15 min or till the cheese has melted.
- Serve it with white rice
PS: you will see in the picture some salmon fillets… One of my guests wanted salmon, who am I to say no! 😉