Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Surubi - The Delicious Amazon Catfish! La Paz, Bolivia

Surubi is an Amazon Catfish or as some would say, a "River Monster." Of two species the spotted is the BIGGEST! Five feet long and one hundred pounds is said to be average, even though in the markets of Manaus, Brazil I saw larger. Surubi makes for good eating as the flesh is a bit like Swordfish and rather delicious, much muscle and little bone. I look for thick cuts and sear them at high heat after an overnight marinade (soy sauce, olive oil, lime juice, garlic, fresh ginger, salt & pepper). Once seared I add the marinade to the pan and cover finishing the fish with a steam/saute technique... Serve with Wasabi, Pickled Ginger and Soy Sauce as condiments for a playful Japanese approach. To complete the offering, salads are perfect (i.e. daikon, cucumber & seaweed). And if you like, sushi rice is awfully nice.

The recipe works well with large cuts of any firm fleshed fish. A sprinkle of sesame seeds and cup of Sake top it off. Kampai!

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