Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Pan-Seared Norwegian Blue Mackerel with Fresh Passion Fruit Sauce

To me, passion fruit is one of the most delicious fruits on earth  The round to oval, either yellow or dark purple at maturity, makes this exotic fruit even unique is that they come in their own little pods. The fruit is soft to firm, its juicy interior is loaded with seeds which are nutritious.  Passion fruit is known for its sweet aroma and flavor.  The seeds are crunchy and edible, besides being juiced and added to other fruit juices or desserts as flavor enhancer.

Health benefits of passion fruit :
1) The fruit is a very good source of dietary fiber.

2)   Passion fruit is good in vitamin C, providing about 30 mg per 100 g. Vitamin-C (ascorbic acid) is a powerful water soluble anti-oxidant. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against flu-like infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.

3)   The fruit contains very good levels of vitamin-A (provides about 1274 IU per 100 g), and flavonoid antioxidants such as β-carotene and cryptoxanthin-β. Current research studies suggest that these compounds have antioxidant properties, and along with vitamin A are essential for good eye-sight.

4)   Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin-A, and flavonoids may helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

5)   Fresh passion fruit is very rich in potassium. 100 g fruit pulp has about 348 mg of potassium. Potassium is an important component of cells and body fluids, and helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure.

6)   Furthermore, granadilla is a very good source of minerals. Iron, copper, magnesium and phosphorus are present in adequate amounts in the fruit.
Source : http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/passion-fruit.html

This time, instead of eating passion fruit fresh or juiced, I decided to use this homegrown passion fruit (which is 100% organic!!!) as sauce for  fish.  In fact, passion fruit juice is a perfect substitute for lemon juice when baking or cooking is concerned.  Both juices work well but passion fruit add an extra aroma and flavor to your dish.

Pan-Seared Norwegian Blue Mackerel with Sweet Sourish Passion Fruit
Ingredients :
- 3 Norwegian Blue Mackerel fillets (marinated for 30 minutes)
- 1 tbsp butter
- some Teriyaki Sauce (to taste)
Marinade : (to taste)
- salt (to taste)
- 1 tbsp fresh passion fruit juice (press the pulp against a fine sieve to get the juice)
- 1 tsp ginger wine
Sauce : (to taste) - mix all and set aside
- 2 fresh passion fruits (halved, pulp and seeds scooped into a bowl)
- 1 tsp honey or sugar
- 1 tbsp ginger wine (or more)
Method :
1)  Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a non-stick pan (I used Happy Call Pan).
2)  Add 3 pieces mackerel, skin side up, and closed.  Pan fry over medium heat. Turn when the fish is slightly brown.
3)  Spread some passion fruit sauce on top of the fish.  Close and cook through until golden brown.
4)  Turn off the heat and drizzle some Teriyaki sauce on both sides.
5)  Transfer to a plate and pour the balance of mixed fresh passion fruit sauce over the fish.
6)  Serve warm.
This fruity sweet and sourish passion fruit sauce is a perfect complement to the pan-seared blue mackerel
The added ginger wine gives the sauce a very refreshing and mild gingery flavor and aroma
~A delightful dish for my beloved friends~ 

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  1. Looks very delicious....love the sauce!!

  2. Looks good. I never had those two together before.

    1. Hi Ivy, try this combination and there's no regret. Cheers :)

  3. Heavenly burst of flavours with the quite expensive but no smell and easy to cook fish.

    1. Yes, Nava, this fish is easy to cook and yummy. Warmest regards :)

  4. What a great combination! Passion fruit is hard to find here--I have only had it once...

    1. Hi Inger, too bad you have problem getting passion fruits over there. Over here, passion fruit is quite expensive but lucky me, I can have it free, homegrown and 100% organic. Regards :)

  5. Yummy and great combination.... :)

  6. Ivy, you are so creative! Now you make me want to make this delicious passion fruit sauce!

    1. Hi Phong Hong, you will thank me for this if you ever make this passion fruit sauce, hehehe....No regrets but full of satisfaction! Waiting for your passion fruit sauce!!! Cheers and regards :)

  7. Hi Ivy!
    I can't remember the last time I saw such beautiful looking Mackerel! I've been casing out the fish nongers around here looking for Mackerel because it is one of those hearty healthy fishes. Dress it with that gorgeous and also healthy passion fruit sauce and oh my word, Power deliciousness!!!

    I didn't realize passion fruit was a good substitute for lemon Ivy. That's a GREAT tip I must remember. Lemons have gone wild around here. Not only are they expensive, they are about the size of grapes, lol...(well maybe a little bigger:)

    Your dish looks amazing, Ivy. Thank you so much for sharing...

    1. Yes, Louise, passion fruit is a perfect substitute for lemon. Try it and you will love it. Enjoy your week and regards :)


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