Happy New Year, everyone!
It’s the first post of 2018 so I want start with a lighter or nourishing recipe . Not that there’s anything wrong with overindulging over the holidays. I was checking some old notes and past recipes and remembered this recipe for halibut jasmine rice stew . It’s supper tasty, comforting (cause it’s still winter and cold AF ) and doesn’t require much effort. It’s the kind of food you can serve it in a bowl and enjoy it on the couch, watching your favorite series .Which I do throughout the entire winter.
Halibut Jasmine Rice Stew & some oriental flavors
Jasmine rice is a fragrant rice with….you know it… jasmine flower aroma and, when cooked, a slightly sticky texture. The rice I made only contains salt, pepper, lime zest and a drizzle of olive oil. It doesn’t take more than that to boost its flavor. You can use it as a side dishes for other meals also. Or simply serve it with some grilled vegetables. When cooking the fish, a few bites of chili found their way for a spicy kick, while cilantro adds a wonderful fragrance and aroma. If you’re not keen on cilantro ( damn you weird gene thingy ), then simply replace it with finely chopped parsley. And let’s not forget the coconut milk. The coconut flavor it’s only but a hint of it. It also acts as a thickening agent for the stew. Give this halibut jasmine rice stew a try and I guarantee, you won’t regret it .
And how was your New Years Eve ? Did you have some crazy celebration or a chill night ? We had a pretty chill night with friends, food, drinks and a few games. Actually, we talked more than playing games. But I guess there were a bit too many people for the board games we had ( with tokens for 4 players only). Also, I just realized that my Monopoly version, which I got as a gift about 18 years ago, might not quite be the original thing . Pretty good sense of observation at 2 am , with my head all dizzy , but apparently still very sharp . I mean, mine doesn’t have any of iconic tokens. Just some plastic boring street cones ?! Check this article if you’re curious on knowing more about the tokens. There’s even a Monopoly World Championship and here are some pro tips from one of the winners. I feel like this is turning into a post about Monopoly, instead of halibut jasmine rice stew .
PS: I’m getting hungry writing this though I had so much galette today (testing a recipe )
350 grams halibut file
zest and juice from 1 lime
3 tablespoons (45 ml) olive oil
2 green onions
2 garlic cloves
2 chili peppers
1 cup (200 grams) jasmine rice ( I use the small packs of rice)
200 grams cherry tomatoes ( about 14 tomatoes)
1 and 2/3 cups (400 ml) coconut milk
1 bunch of fresh cilantro
- Cook/boil the rice as per package instructions or your preferred method
- Meanwhile, cut the halibut file in smaller piece and drizzle the lime juice over it
- Chop the green onion, chilies and the garlic. On a hot pan, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and cook the onion on low heat, for about 5 minutes, until translucent. Stir occasionally. Add the chillies and the garlic and cook for about 2 more minutes. Slice the tomatoes in half and add them to the pan and season with salt and pepper.
- Add in the same pan, the fish with the lime juice and pour the coconut milk. Let is shimmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- When the rice is cooked, add the lemon zest, drizzle the rest of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Give it a good mix. Place it in a bowl and serve it along side the fish. Garnish the stew with a generous amount of finely chopped cilantro.
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