Paid a visit to the almost local farmer's market in Ealing at the weekend, been too long since I went there. Was only planning on picking up a nice loaf of bread and perhaps some bacon but ended up with a bag of assorted vegetables, cheese, bacon, sausages and a nicely filleted grey mullet. Now I've not cooked this fish before but vaguely remembered that it had a good reputation from my various fish cookery books. So the fish became the centrepiece of tasty summer supper. Would definitely get Grey Mullet again - very tasty, nice thick fillets and not too expensive.
2 Fillets of Grey Mullet (or Sea Bass)
1 small Aubergine (diced) - I used a pale stripy lilac one
Large handful of fresh tomatoes (halved) (nice selection from the market red, brown, purple and gold)
1 medium red onion finely chopped
1 red pepper finely chopped
1 courgette diced
Small bunch of fresh basil
1 clove garlic - crushed
salt and pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tblsp seasoned flour
2 tblsp olive oil
4 tblsp vegetable oil
Heat the olive oil in a pan. Add the onion and fry until softened. Add the pepper, garlic, aubergine and courgette and fry until softened and starting to colour at the edges. Season and add the tomatoes, stir and cook over a low heat while you cook the fish.
Coat the fish in seasoned flour. Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan until hot then fry the fish on both sides, about 2-3 minutes each side. Chop the basil and add to the tomato sauce, serve alongside or under the fish.