Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Baked Spanish Mackeral Steaks in Ginger Mango Sauce

This recipe is adapted from the Food magazine cookbook that managed to survive my absence of 7 years and one of the few dishes I tried the last time I was home. The original recipe came from Margie Moran, the second Filipina who took home the crown of Miss Universe for our country. The recipe has three things going for it, a vegetable relish, a fruit-based sauce and a marinade for the fish. I just thought that I ought to simplify the dish just a tad so I worked in some of my tweaking magic and the dish still came out quite good. I do recommend that you serve the relish on the side instead of as a topping. It just came off a bit too raw in taste even when I prepared it ahead of time to allow the flavors to mellow. It might be a matter of preference but I'm not such a big fan of anything pickled. 

Baked Spanish Mackeral Steaks in Ginger Mango Sauce - Adapted*

2 lbs Spanish Mackeral steaks (Blue Marlin or Tuna will also work)
salt and pepper

Fruit Sauce:
1 large ripe mango
1/4 cup crushed pineapple
1/4 cup ginger juice
salt and pepper
2 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 cup tomatoes, deseeded and diced
1/4 cup onion, diced
1 tbsp ginger, peeled and diced finely
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp soy sauce
salt and pepper

1. Prepare the relish by combining all the ingredients. Check for flavor and 
    adjust with salt and pepper. Set aside in the fridge until ready to serve. 
    Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. Make the sauce by combining all the ingredients. Blitz in a food processor 
    or a blender until coarsely blended. Season with salt and pepper. 

3. Season the fish steaks with salt and pepper on both sides. Lay on a baking 
    dish in one layer and top with the fruit sauce. Cover the baking dish with 
    foil and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the fish is cooked.

4. Transfer the fish on a serving platter and spoon the sauce over it. Serve 
    the relish on the side or as a topping. 

* Chikiamco, N.: Editor, The Best of Food Magazine, ABS-CBN Publishing, Quezon City, 2001.     

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