3 cups of cooked spinach made from 2 bundles of spinach
1+1/2 tsp Salt
10 Peppercorns powdered in a mortar
3 tbsp olive oil
11/2 kg whole surmai/ king fish cut into 3/4 inch thick steaks
5 spring onions chopped with greens
7 cloves garlic chopped
2 tbsps Fresh Basil, shredded
Clean 2 bundles of spinach.Chop coarsely.Put into a heavy bottomed pan, cover and cook on a low fire for ten minutes till done. Add 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp ground pepper and mix.Take a baking dish and sprinkle with1 tbsp olive oil . Make a layer of the spinach .
Wash the surmai steaks and place on the spinach. Sprinkle the rest of the oil, the chopped spring onion and garlic and shredded basil over the fish. Add 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper. Cook in a hot oven, about 400 degrees, for 15 minutes till the fish changes colour and just begins to flake.
Delicious with steamed,salted green beans seasoned with nutmeg , slices of raw tomato and crusty bread .
Surmai has a texture somewhat like tuna but is less dry and much more tasty.It is perfect for western dishes where the natural flavour requires few enhancements.