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Chunky Cod Goujons in Coconut Batter
by Tenik (tenik)
at April 2nd, 2008 (10:31 pm)

Cooking fish is hard. Especially when you're doing it from scratch and trying to deep fry it. This recipe came from a little cooking fish booklet that fell out of either delicious.* or the Sainsbury's Magazine and I can't remember which. It sounded good and coconut is one of my favourite flavours so I decided I had to try it. It was a nice meal, but didn't live up to my expectations. Getting the oil to exactly the right temperature is difficult and the batter didn't taste coconutty at all.

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Chunky Cod Goujons in Coconut Batter

Serves 4
Ready in 20 minutes

Sunflower oil, for deep-frying
125g plain flour (that's about 1 cup)
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp Thai fish sauce
50g desiccated coconut
700g skinned thick cod fillet
25g plain flour, for dusting
1 lemon, halved, to serve

1. Fill a medium, heavy-based saucepan two-thirds full with sunflower oil. Heat until a cube of bread browns in 20 seconds.
Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add 175ml cold water and the Thai fish sauce and gradually mix together to make a smooth batter. Stir in the coconut and another 1-2 tablespoons of water if the batter is a little stiff.

2. Cut the cod into chunky strips, about 2.5cm across. Season with salt, then lightly dust with the flour and shake off the excess. Dip the fish into the batter, then fry in batches (4-5 pieces at a time) for 5 minutes, until crisp and golden brown. Lift out and drain briefly on kitchen paper.

3. Divide the cod goujons between 4 serving plates. Serve with the lemon halves to squeeze over and some oven-baked chunky chips and sweet chilli sauce, if you like.

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According to wikipedia goujons is originally a French word which means small, fried strips of fish. So you could also call this Coconut Fish Strips, but it doesn't sound as fancy.



*Naming a magazine with a title which includes a full stop is stupidly pretentious. They even put the full stop in when it's in the middle of a sentence. What's next? People putting full stops in the middle of their names?