Fried Surgeon Fish with Green Mango and Pineapple Salsa

Surgeon Fish with Green Mango and Pineapple Salsa
Fried Surgeon Fish with Green Mango and Pineapple Salsa. Labahita or surgeon fish is one of the more expensive fish to Pinoy. I normally fry this kind of fish because they have a leathery skin. The meat of surgeon fish are very tasty, they are usually skinned and prepared in to fillet. They are then cooked to different fish dishes. I do not want to waste the skin, that’s why I settled for frying the whole fish Pinoy style and served with a very Pinoy green mango and pineapple salsa. For the salsa it is best to use a sweet mango that is starting to ripe. The fish that I used for this recipe is obviously large and I have to use an oval shaped frying pan to save on oil. Of course you can always cut the fish in pieces for easier cooking, but I wanted to serve it whole for better presentation. Here is the recipe of my Fried Surgeon Fish with Green Mango and Pineapple Salsa.

Ingredients:

Green Mango and Pineapple Salsa - Ingrdients

1 large size surgeon fish, labahita or any similar fish
1 medium size half ripe green mango, peeled, de-seeded, diced
2 medium size tomato, diced
1 small packet pineapple tidbits
fish sauce
salt and pepper
cooking oil

Cooking procedure:

Cooking Procedure
Cooking Procedure

To make the salsa, in a big bowl mix the diced mango, tomato and pineapple including the syrup. Drizzle with fish sauce to taste and toss until evenly mixed. Keep chilled in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

To clean and fry the fish, remove gills and innards of the labahita. Using scissors cut fins and tails. Wash fish thoroughly and slit cut diagonally at 2 to 3 locations across the middle, drain. Season inside out with salt and pepper. Heat generous amount of oil in a frying pan, when it starts to smoke fry the fish for about 3 to 5 minutes each side or until golden brown and skin crispy but succulent on the inside, do not over fry. When done remove from pan and drain excess oil on kitchen papers.

To serve, arrange the fish on a big platter. Place on the side the now chilled green mango pineapple salsa and serve.

Surgeon Fish Tail's Sharp Knifelike Bone for Defence

Careful not to hold the tail of surgeonfish it has a sharp bones near its tail, when in danger it will pop out like small knives and use it for defense.

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