This post brings eggs, milk, cereal, and freshly-squeezed orange juice to the party… but it’s not for breakfast!!
Hogfish is abundant right now, and it’s one of my favorite fish to eat! Commonly mislabeled as “hog snapper”, hogfish is actually not a snapper at all. It is really in the wrasse family. Whatever it is, it’s delicious. It’s mild and the texture is like no other fish. In fact, it is SO mild that it can actually be bland depending on how you cook it. It was time for a little experimentation.
We had a lot of oranges. While they are delicious, one can only eat so many oranges. The solution? Juice them.
I don’t commonly juice my own oranges, but it was a rainy day. Why not? Even our oldest son got in on the fun.
We ended up with quite a bit of orange juice.
While most of it will go in the fridge for Sunday breakfast, I wanted to reduce some of it for the fish. To do this, you will take a few cups of orange juice and put it in a pan on the stove. Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and allow it to simmer. The liquid will be GREATLY reduced in volume, darker in color, and thick like a syrup. It’s concentrated and delicious. You do not add anything to it. Keep an eye on it, you don’t want to burn it. It takes a while… be patient. (You can use any store-bought orange juice for this, too. It works just as well.) This is a great finish to any seafood and it’s even better on top of steamed carrots!
Kitchen tip: If you ever ARE juicing your own lemons or oranges, don’t throw away the rinds. Throw them in a pot of boiling water with some vanilla extract or some rosemary and you won’t believe how amazing your house will smell.
Next… on to the cereal. I will admit that I bought cereal JUST to try this. This cereal is not something I would even normally allow the kids to eat, but we’re having fun here… right? I used a VERY crunchy, sweet cereal. I am sure you will recognize it! I crunched it up inside of a zip top bag. (This is something else the kids can help with.)
I rinsed my fish under cool water so it would be nice and moist. I set up flour, an egg wash, and the cereal all in a row on the counter. For the egg wash, I whisked two eggs in a cup of milk.
First, it went into the flour. Then the egg wash. Then the cereal. I set the coated fish on wax paper.
Now back to the orange juice. You can tell by the rings on the pan that the liquid has reduced by at least half. It’s dark and syrup-like. Done! Remove it from heat.
In a large skillet, I heated some coconut oil over medium-high heat and got ready to pan-fry the fish. Be careful. The sugar in the cereal can cause it to burn easily. This fish is delicate enough and thin enough that it will cook thoroughly and quickly in this heat without burning. I cooked the fish for about 2 minutes on each side (watch it, it will depend on the temperature of your stove). Watch for the desired color and flip it once you have achieved the color you want. Cook on this side for the same amount of time. Drain on paper towels.
If you were doing this with a thicker piece of fish, you would probably want to transfer it to the oven at this point and allow it to finish cooking in the oven until it is cooked all the way through.
I nestled the fish on top of some brown rice and drizzled the orange juice reduction on top.
The verdict? This was fun, different, and delicious!! The orange juice was tart enough to balance the sweetness of the cereal, but the fish had amazing crunch! Next time you are craving breakfast for dinner, don’t forget to include FISH!