Saturday, December 4, 2010

Comfort Fish?

The hubs and I really love fish. Like eat it at least twice a week in the summer, especially on the grill love it. It's not necessarily something I crave a lot of in the winter. I mean, when all I want is a nice, hot bowl of soup or some carb-heavy comfort food, fish is not the go-to dish (har har). However, I believe this could be the exception. Baked in the oven with potatoes, tomatoes, and jalapenos, this is everything I want a winter-fish dish to be: warm, hearty, and comforting.
This is an incredibly simple weeknight meal. It is one of those very special meals that tastes like you spent more hours on it than you actually did. The saucy tomatoes were probably actually my favorite part of this meal, although I generall don't like tomatoes. If you're of the veggie sort, this could probably be made well with some beans or other form of protein as well. Trust me, no matter what, you don't want to miss out!

Jalapeno Baked Fish with Roasted Tomatoes and Potatoes
from The Way the Cookie Crumbles

1 lb. (about 4) red-skinned or Yukon Gold potatoes
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
1 large garlic clove, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/3 c. cilantro, chopped and loosely packed
2 tbsp. pickled jalapenos
2 - 4 filets of fish (white, we used tilapia)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash the potatoes and slice them about 1/4 inch thick. The thicker you slice them the longer it will take for them to cook. Drizzle on the olive oil and sprinkle them with salt. Toss to coat in a baking dish, 8 x 8 or slightly larger. Cover with plastic wrap with some small holes poked in it and microwave for about five minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.

In a food processor or blender, combine the tomatoes (with their juice), garlic, cilantro, and jalapenos. Process to a puree, leaving as much texture as you prefer. Lay the fish filets over the potatoes and cover with the tomato mixture. Bake the entire dish for approximately 15 - 20 minutes, until the fish is flaky.

Be sure to lick your plate clean at the end of the night.

P.S. I just realized my pictures here stink. I will post the one decent one and try to remember to update them next time we make this.


  1. The saucy tomatoes are very intriguing. I'll figure out a way to give them a try.

  2. I definitely think it would be worth figuring out how to use this! Especially for a spice lover such as yourself :)