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lime & cashew fish rolls

lime and cashew fish rolls This is the second time I’ve made this dish. The first was the week of the new year and I was in search of something different from the food I usually make during the holidays.  Lime and cashew paste smeared over the fish sounded so good – it was delicious!  But…I struggled with the rice paper!  I’ve made fried Vietnamese spring rolls oodles of times but for some reason, the rice paper was not co-operating (both times!). 

These fish rolls are easy enough to make and I think the issue was the thickness of the fish.  In the past, when I have made spring rolls, the filling has been smaller.  The rice paper didn’t turn a lovely golden brown, but having said that, the flavours from the cashews and a bit of heat from the chili made for a lovely snack.  Tender chunks of fish were the end result and although the rice paper misbehaved, I’ll make this again with smaller portions.

Serves 4
1 cup cashews
1 red chili, roughly chopped
handful or two of coriander leaves (can also use parsley)
zest of one lime
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 lb. cod fillets (or other firm white fish) divided into 12 portions
12 small rice paper wrappers

Place cashews, chili, coriander, lime zest and juice into a food processor (or blender) and process into a paste. Put a generous tablespoon of the paste on top of each fish piece. Dip rice paper rolls into warm water until slightly softened or follow instructions on package. Place on a dry surface and put fish in middle. Fold sides of rice paper onto fish and roll up ends. Heat oil in a wok and cook 3 minutes per side. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.

The Culinary Chase’s Note: If fish is less than one-inch thick, reduce cooking time.  If you have any paste leftover, use it as a base for a curry sauce. Omit rice paper and bake in 375f (190c) oven 12 – 15 minutes. Enjoy!

About Heather Chase

The Culinary Chase was coined by my husband whilst in a coffee shop in Hong Kong back in 2006. We wanted something that would be a play on my last name and by the time we finished our coffee, the name was born. As long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed cooking. It wasn’t until we moved to Asia that I began to experiment using herbs and spices in my everyday cooking. Not only do they enhance the flavor of food but also heighten it nutritionally. Over the years, I began to change our diet to include more vegetables, pulses, whole grains and less red meat. Don’t get me wrong, we love our meat, just not in super-size portions (too hard for the body to digest). I always use the palm of my hand as a guide to portion control when eating red meat. If the meat is larger than my hand, I save that portion for another day. Also, if the veggies on your plate look colorful (think the colors of the rainbow) – red, green, yellow, orange etc. then you’re most likely getting the right amount of nutrients per meal. I post recipes that I think help maintain a healthy body. I use the 80/20 rule – 80% of the time I make a conscious effort to eat healthy and 20% for when I want french fries with gravy (poutine). Balance is the key and to enjoy life with whatever comes my way. Thanks for visiting!


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