Another day, another way to use those sweet potatoes!
Last week, we ate them raw on a salad and these week, we’re using them as a “breading” for fish. While actually, it’s more like the second breading on the fish as I used some already breaded fish I had in the freezer, but the process will work fine either way.
The actual sweet potato breading mixture couldn’t be simpler: just 1 grated sweet potato, a little salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and cayenne. Your hand may end up a little yellow if you grate the sweet potato by hand, but other than that, it’s a very easy process!
Don’t worry if your sweet potato falls off the fish a bit during the searing process–it’s pretty inevitable with a process like this. If some falls off, just use tongs (or your hands, I won’t tell!) to press it back on. Also, it works best if your sweet potato is quite dry before you add it to the fish and cook it otherwise you end up with a lot of unnecessary moisture that will make it hard to cook properly.
The apple cilantro salsa is also simple to make but adds a punch of tartness and sweetness that compliments the fish perfectly. Just make sure you make the salsa at least an hour ahead of time, so the flavors have enough time to set up in the refrigerator. And be careful with that vegetable peeler on the apple, folks, or you just might earn a nice trip to Urgent Care like I did!
What are some ways you’ve been using those sweet potatoes?
Sweet Potato Crusted Fish with a Apple Cilantro Salsa
1 apple, peeled and diced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon honey
1 sweet potato, peeled and grated
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
6 ounces white, firm fish
In a small bowl, combine apple, cilantro, red onion, and lime juice. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.
In a medium bowl, combine sweet potato, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and cayenne pepper to create the breading.
Heat a little canola oil in a large frying pan then create a dredging station with your eggs, flour and sweet potato.
Cut fish in half then dredge both sides in flour, egg, then sweet potato mixture.
Add to frying pan and sear each side for about 2-3 minutes, just enough to make the sweet potato stick.
Place fish on baking sheet and bake, uncovered, for about 30 minutes, or until cooked all the way through.
Top with apple cilantro salsa, and enjoy!
Time: 110 minutes