Sunday, August 03, 2008

BB Fish Stew

Have not been making stew for Kimi for quite some time so I did a quickie one today for him with fish. He loves it!

I used Threadfin fillet. You can subsititute with Salmon, Cod or any other fish fillet your baby likes or what you can get.

Ingredients
  • 80-100 Threadfin fillet
  • 3 tbsp frozen mixed veg
  • 1 small or 1/2 medium potato, diced
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh milk
  • Dried mixed herbs & pepper
  • 1 small dried apricot, chopped finely (optional)
  • 1 tsp chopped onions
  • 1 tsp flour
  • 2 tsp butter
  • Cornflour
Method
  1. Cut threadfin in nugget size and marinate with mixed herbs & pepper for 15mins.
  2. Coat fish with cornflour and brown it in frying pan and set aside.
  3. Fry flour in dry pan on small fire till light golden brown, add onions & apricot and let it coat with flour.
  4. Add a little oil and fry till a little soft and fragrant before mixing in the potatoes and mixed veg.
  5. Brown potatoes and mixed veg, add in half of the chicken stock & let it simmer on low heat covered.
  6. Once liquid is dried up, add more water, alternating with stock.
  7. Simmer stew for at least 45mins.
  8. Add fish, milk and butter 15mins before turning off the fire.
  9. Simmer covered on low heat, stirring lightly till all the flavours are released and absorbed by the stew and potatoes/veg are soft.
  10. Serve warm. ENJOY!!
Tips
  • You can add any other kinds of veg like pumpkin, mushroom, etc. No need to defrost or parboil the mixed veg. Just add to pan and fry.
  • When frying flour on dry pan, remember to stir constantly and use low fire as it burns easily so work quickly.
  • I use water and chicken stock as I do not want it to be overpowering with chicken stock flavour. As different potatoes have different texture and water content, do use approximatingly, adding more or less liquid to the stew. Liquid amount also dependent on whether you want stew to have more or less gravy.
  • You need to coat the fish before frying so that the fish will not disintegrate when you let it simmer.
  • If you want, you can add to a slow cooker and let is simmer on auto for another hour or 1.5 hours after the intial frying of the potatoes and veg. Then just add the stock/water/milk/butter and fish and let the slow cooker do the work.
  • When using stove-top, you will use more liquid as open fire dries the stew faster. But in a slow cooker, it uses less liquid so adjust accordingly. The liquid should cover 2-3cm above the fish, potatoes & veg. Check half way and add more liquid if need be.

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