Cornmeal Fried Fish

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Cornmeal Fried Fish

It's the method of cooking fish learned from my grandmother, she only did it that way - for a polenta and garlic sauce it was something special. I periodically fry the fish with cornmeal, but now I also make a tomato sauce with garlic, it combines perfectly.

I usually fry freshwater fish - carp, phytophagous, novac or trout. I recommend you try it, it is very tasty.


Fresh rainbow trout
1 kg
Yellow cornmeal
200 g
White onion
1 piece
Canned chopped tomatoes, 300g
1 piece
or 2-3 fresh tomatoes, cut into cubes
Garlic cloves
3 pieces
1 tbsp
Sunflower oil
50 ml

Step by step

Step 1

The fish is cleaned well, washed and portioned. You can leave the fish whole, only if it is small - if it is bigger it does not fry well, it must be portioned.

Cornmeal Fried Fish - Step 1
Step 2

Then salt it well on all sides and leave for 10-15 minutes.

Cornmeal Fried Fish - Step 2
Step 3

Put a pan with a little oil in it on the fire, to heat well.

Put the cornmeal in a plate and put the fish through it, to be well covered on all sides.

Cornmeal Fried Fish - Step 3
Step 4

Put the fish pieces in the pan to fry. The basic rule when frying the fish is to leave it for 15-20 minutes without starting to turn it or move it. Otherwise it breaks and does not fry evenly. The fire should be medium, and the pan should not be covered with a lid - I usually put a sieve on it to prevent the oil from jumping.

Cornmeal Fried Fish - Step 4
Step 5

When it has browned well on one side, turn it on the other and leave it again until it browns on this side as well.

Cornmeal Fried Fish - Step 5
Step 6

When it is ready, take it out on a plate and let it cool for about 10 minutes. During this time, the tomato sauce is made.

Cornmeal Fried Fish - Step 6
Step 7

Onions are cleaned, washed and cut into small pieces. Put it in a pan with a little oil and cook until lightly browned.

Cornmeal Fried Fish - Step 7
Step 8

Then add the finely chopped tomatoes, mix and let it boil for about 10 minutes. Then season with salt, turn off the heat and only now add the crushed garlic. If you put it when the sauce boils, it loses its aroma and qualities. Mix well, you can pass it through a blender or use as it is.

Cornmeal Fried Fish - Step 8
Step 9

The fish is served with tomato sauce and optional polenta.

It is a simple, peasant and very tasty food.

Good appetite!

Cornmeal Fried Fish - Step 9
Quantity: 1 kg (3-4 servings)
Prep time: 40 min
Difficulty: easy
Ready in: 30 min
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