Monday, June 29, 2015

Guinea-Bissau - Spicy Fish Burger

Guinea-Bissau is a small country on the West coast of Africa. Being a coastal country they eat a lot of fish so I picked this unusual burger recipe to try because I've never had a fish burger before.


4 fillets of fish (Tilapia if you can find it)
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 lemon
1½ tablespoon oil
1 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
1 small onion grated
2 red chilies
2 tablespoons flour

Put the fish in a bowl and add the salt & pepper. Next you want the juice and zest of the lemon. Mix it all together and leave for about 30 minutes.

 Roast the peanuts in a pan.

 Chop up the chillis and onion and place in a food processor along with the roasted peanuts.

 Blitz until you have a mixture like this:

Cook the fish in the oil until it's just cooked.

 When the fish has cooled a bit but it in a bowl with the peanut mixture and the flour. Mix it well breaking the fish into small flakes.

Cover with clingfilm and refridgerate for an hour.

 Heat some oil in a pan and form the mixture into patties.

 Fry the patties a few at a time until they're crispy on the outsides and browned.

These burgers were surprisingly good. The peanuts gave them a firm, crunchy texture which made for a nice outer crust. The fish was tasty and soft with some added spice from the chillis. Leigh really liked them and ate two even though she usually avoids food with nuts in. I found them a bit stressful to make because the burgers broke up a bit in the pan while I fried them. Maybe an egg added would bind the mixture together better. I managed to get a few burger shaped ones for us to eat though and an attractive one to show you people at least. :D

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