Score! A beautiful day on a weekend in September… in Western Washington. This can only mean one thing. It’s flying weather. O Happy Day!
As soon as the sun came up Ranger Craig and I were packing for a quick little day trip over to one of our favorite spots, Port Townsend, WA. Fresh seafood, beautiful produce, my favorite espresso cafe and a little shopping to round out the day.
But… Ranger Craig was thinking more along the lines of a hike from Fort Worden into town and maybe a little kayaking or a visit to the wooden boat museum. All really great ideas, yesiree bob. But ya know, I was ready for a little less action and a little more food shopping.
And of course, as soon as my youngest gal heard the word shopping, her adventure meter tipped the scale and she was in.
Ok, so we compromised. We hiked the long beach from the fort into town. And conveniently for Ranger Craig, the wooden boat museum was on the way.
Kayaking sort of fell by the wayside, after the hour and half hike on the beach. My hunky hiking guy had two hungry gals following him and he knew from experience that finding lunch should be next on our list of activities. 🙂
The Public House on Water Street was the perfect spot for lunch. The halibut was so fresh and moist and delightfully beer battered with fresh herbs; served with Asian slaw and of course french fries. I’d love to tell you I was a very health concious diner and didn’t eat my fries. I ate every last one off my plate.
Ranger Craig had a seafood stew with white wine, garlic, fresh herbs and topped with a little Gruyere. Suzie Q opted for her favorite, a grilled chicken burger which she ate in record time. I think she was just a little hungry.
On the way home I had fish on the brain and more fish for dinner sounded divine. I love swordfish and coconut and Ranger Craig loves sauce. I’d been craving coconut rice and had a new sauce to test over fish. I think dinner was just decided.
Although, I was so full from all those fries! You’ll be glad to know, I hiked an hour with Tank the next day. See… we can have our fries and eat them too. 🙂
Garam Masala Crusted Fish with Cucumber Mango Raita and Coconut Rice
Recipe adapted from multiple sources
For the Fish:
2 Swordfish or Mahi Mahi Steaks (halibut or Hawaiin Opah is also a great alternative) Buying fresh fish is the key to any delicious fish dish. If the fish isn’t fresh, eat chicken.
1 tablespoon Garam Masala
Pinch of salt and Pepper
2 T high heat oil (I like pan searing in grapeseed oil)
For the Raita:
½ cup cucumber, finely diced
½ cup mango, finely diced
½ teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
Juice of ½ lime
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix together the cucumber, mango, cumin, yogurt and lime juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper and refrigerate until ready to serve.
In a skillet, heat the oil on medium high. Season the two steaks on both sides with salt, pepper and garam masala.
Pan sear the fish for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.
Serve warm with the cucumber mango raita and coconut rice.
Classic Coconut Rice
1 cup coconut milk
¾ cup basmati rice
½ cup water
1 T sugar
¼ t salt
1/4 cup raisins (optional)
Combine coconut milk, rice, water, sugar and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stir once, then cover and cook for 15-18 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Fluff with a fork and add the raisins if desired. Cover and keep warm.