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Fresh Fish with Chilli-Tomato-Lime Jam

Lip-smackingly good! This is food with real flavour. The cumin in the batter gives the fish a lift. Together with the slightly sweet chilli jam, it’s a great treat to eat.

Serves 2


  • Chilli-Tomato-Lime Jam
  • 30 ml sunflower oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 2 red chillies, seeded and chopped
  • 500 g tomatoes, peeled and chopped or 1 x 800 g tin tomatoes, chopped Juice and rind of 2 limes
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 50 ml brown sugar
  • Fish
  • 500 g fresh white fish fillets, such as hake, dorado, sea bass or kingklip; cut into 5 x 5 cm chunks 2 large eggs
  • 140 g self-raising our (250 ml)
  • 30 g self-raising our (60 ml)
  • 125 – 190 ml soda water, or water with gas
  • Sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste 5 ml cumin seeds
  • Oil for deep-fat frying


  1.  Chilli-Tomato-Lime Jam: Place oil into a medium-sized saucepan, and sauté onions until translucent. Add in garlic and chillies; cook for a further minute.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, juice and rind of the limes, salt and sugar. Cook over a moderate heat, stirring from time to time. Simmer gently for about 30 minutes, until mixture has reduced, and is thick and jam-like in texture. Set aside.
  3. Batter: Using a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Add in the 140 g self-raising flour, water, salt and cumin seeds. Whisk well to obtain a smooth batter.
  4.  Fish: Place the fish into a plastic bag together with the 30 g self-raising flour. Seal the packet.
  5. Toss well to coat the fish.
  6. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a moderate heat. Test the temperature of the oil with a teaspoon of batter. The batter should fizz around the edges at once. The oil is then ready to use.
  7. Place the coated fish cubes into the batter; coat well
  8.  Drop coated fish cubes into the hot oil, and cook for about 4 – 5 minutes. Drain well on paper towels.
  9. Serve immediately with chilli-tomato-lime jam, and thick sweet potato and butternut chips; or place fish into a wrap with the jam.

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Margaret Hirsch
Margaret Hirsch
Hirsch COO runs South Africa’s top independence appliance company that specialises in all appliances, electronics, furniture and bedding. They give the best deals and the best prices and everything is guaranteed.