Sweet-and-Sour Fish (Stegte Fisk i Eddike)

Sweet-and-Sour Fish (Stegte Fisk i Eddike)

Makes: 4 main-dish or 8 appetizer servings
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Marinating “fried” white fish in a zingy vinaigrette is a terrific way to liven it up (and preserve any leftovers). The flavors get better with time; make it ahead if you can. It's traditionally made with herring in Denmark, but works nicely with any firm-fleshed, smaller white fish, such as catfish or tilapia. You can serve it warm—it's delicious on its own—but we like it best chilled and served as an ingredient on sandwiches.

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup rye or whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 pound firm-fleshed white fish, such as catfish or tilapia
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 8 whole black peppercorns
  • 3 whole allspice berries
  • 1/2 bay leaf

Preparation

  1. Combine flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a wide shallow bowl or pie pan. Dip fish in the mixture to coat, shaking off the excess.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; add the fish and cook, in batches if necessary, carefully turning once, until opaque in the center and golden on the outside, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a shallow glass dish large enough to fit the fillets in a single layer. Top with onion slices.
  3. Combine vinegar, water, sugar, peppercorns, allspice berries, bay leaf and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Immediately pour over the fish. Remove the bay leaf. Let marinate for at least 15 minutes at room temperature or cover, refrigerate and marinate for up to 3 days.
  4. Remove the fish and onions from the marinade. Serve warm or chilled.

Tips & Notes

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 4
  • Amount Per main-dish serving
  • Calories 239
  • % Daily values *
  • 20% Total Fat 13g
    • 15% Saturated Fat 3g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Monounsaturated Fat 8g
  • 18% Cholesterol 53mg
  • 13% Potassium 445mg
  • 10% Sodium 243mg
  • 3% Total Carbohydrate 10g
    • 12% Dietary Fiber 3g
    • Sugars 4g
  • 38% Protein 19g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Nutrients Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2400mg 2400mg
Total Carbohydrate Equals 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber Equals 25g 30g

Recipe by EatingWell.com

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