Black Trevally with curried potato mash
  |  First Published: September 2011



4 x 250g black trevally fillets with skin on

Peanut oil for pan-frying

Salt flakes to season

Eight medium potatoes peeled

1-½ tablespoons of good quality curry powder

200ml pouring cream

Salt to taste

Chopped chives for garnish

2 red chillies sliced and fried for garnish

Coriander for garnish

Sweet red chilli sauce (only from Asian grocers )

Trevally is definitely our staple fish at the restaurant.

We use for all kinds of dishes with varying methods like deep-frying, baking and pan-frying.

It really lends itself well to smoking due to the natural oiliness of the fish which means it will be less likely to become dry.

The two main types of trevally we use are the spotted and black varieties.

The spotted definitely has a stronger taste, but the black is a lot more subtle.

For this recipe I leave the skin on, it is fine to eat but some may choose not to.


Firstly peel the potatoes and cut into small pieces then place on the stove with sufficient water and cook through.

Pre-heat oven to 200°C, heat frypan with a drizzle of peanut oil and seal fish fillets and then sprinkle with salt.

In another pan, heat some peanut oil on the stove and fry sliced chilli until crisp but not burnt (or it will become bitter), remove and drain on paper towel.

Put fish fillets into the oven, around 8-10 minutes depending on your oven type, fan forced etc.

Drain water off potatoes, return to the pot and mash them adding cream and curry powder, then season at the end and taste it.

To serve simply place some mash in the centre, fish on top of that, drizzle some chilli sauce around with some chives, chillies and coriander on top and tuck before it gets cold.

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