Want to “wake up” your white fish with full flavor? Look no further than George McCalman’s recipe for fried jacks. Jacks is a local tropical fish indigenous to the Caribbean, but you can substitute with any mellow white fish. With a dish so simple and quick, we recommend seeking out a Grenadian curry, which differs from its Indian counterpart, with roots going back to the slave and spice trade. We promise this dish is bound to take your tastebuds to the Caribbean.
Time: 5 minutes prep | 5 minutes cooking | 10 minutes total
2 filets jacks, or other white fish
¼ cup flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tbsp curry powder
1c olive oil
Clean and dry the fish. Combine the flour, salt, pepper, and curry powder in a shallow bowl or plate .
Dip the fish filets in the flour mixture until well coated on both sides .
Preheat the oil over medium-high heat in a large heavy-bottomed pan. When the oil is hot, ( but not smoking) carefully place the fish filets in the pan and let it cook undisturbed for three minutes. Then, turn them over and continue cooking for an additional two- three minutes until they are cooked through .
Season with a light dusting of curry powder if desired. Serve with lemon wedges.
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