Posted by: Joe at 12:35 am on Aug 16, 2012
[This is a combination of several recipes. I'm not sure if the brining is essential but since I had beginner's luck I will probably stick with it.]
1/4 cup kosher salt
4 cups water
1 lb fish fillets, cut into 2-3 inch pieces
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large onion, sliced into half-moons
2 mashed garlic cloves, sliced
1 hot chile, cut in half (I used a jalapeno but you could use something stronger)
2 bay leaves
1 t. black peppercorns
1/2 t. cumin seeds
1 t. dried thyme leaves
1 t. coriander seed
1 T. dried oregano leaves
1 cup white wine
1 cup white wine vinegar
The grated zest and juice of 1 orange
2 bay leaves
1/4 cup green olives
Combine the 1/4 cup salt with 4 cups of water, stir to combine and brine the fish in this mixture for 30-45 minutes.
Place flour in a plate and season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet on fairly high heat. Drain and dry fish, dredge in flour and sear on both sides in the hot oil. Don't overcook! Drain on paper towels, then arrange in a shallow serving dish.
Add the onion to the skillet and saute until soft. Add the garlic and chile and saute until fragrant
Now add all the remaining ingredients, turn the heat up to high and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce by half, turn off the heat and let cool.
When everything is at room temperature, pour the sauce over the fish. Cover and refrigerate. Serve cold.