March 25, 2010

The Best Fish Crostini with Tomato-Olive Salsa

This is probably the best fish dish that we've had for a long time. I adapted several different recipes to utilize the products I had at hand. The dish came out really awesome! You can use any fish, like halibut, cod, red snapper or sole and can serve it with grilled crusty bread, sandwich bread or tacos. Sauteing the fish along with the bell peppers made a big  difference by adding a crispy fresh flavour to it.

Ingredients for the fish:
  • 4 ( 6-once) fish fillets
  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • 2 tbsp Tamari
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 Passila pepper
  • 4 small sweet yellow peppers ( you can use what ever peppers you have or like )
First, I marinated the fish with the salt, pepper, tamari, olive oil and the juice from 1/2 lemon for 15-20 minutes.

At the time when the fish was marinating, I chopped the peppers and started working on the salsa.

Ingredients for the salsa:
  • 1 pint small cherry, or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup pitted olives, chopped
  • 2 tbsp capers, run the knife through them
  • 1 stalk fresh garlic or 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • handful of basil and cilantro
  •  juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt and 1 tsp olive oil
Then I combined the chopped ingredients for the salsa.

I preheated a cast iron pan with a tablespoon of olive oil. Added the fish and cooked for three minutes. Turned the fish on the other side and added the peppers. Cooked for 4 more minutes, gently turning the peppers, to make sure they cooked evenly. Don't worry if the fish breaks, it can still be topped on the bread, or served in tacos.

Meanwhile till the fish was cooking, I lightly brushed bread slices with olive oil and toasted them. Topped each slice with a piece of fish, peppers, and a spoon of salsa.


  1. Lokuma, we made this dish for dinner tonight and indeed it was amazing! I used halibut fillet and instead of tamari used plain soy sause. Also i did not have passila pepper so used only yellow and orange bell peppers and we were out of bread so i made more of the salsa and used the salsa more like salad... still it turned out really delicious and flavorful... great recipe!

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