Semolina Crusted Plaice with Roasted Peppers

23 May

Blogging has taken a back seat recently.  At least from the point of writing up recipes and posting them. Life has been hectic with family visiting from Spain and some express house renovations on a new investment property.  Good weather has allowed us to get out into our little garden and give it a good tidy up, and May has been a good month for birthdays with both Big Man and my mum celebrating.



Of course, we’ve been cooking and enjoying good food, a lot of which has been old favourites which we’ve already shared with you. Sometimes though, we’ve tried something new but with all that’s been going on, it’s been simple yet delicious food.


Dogs inspecting nasty purple carpet

Our local fishmonger recently had some beautiful plaice fillets for sale, so I snapped them up and scampered home with them (ok, so you know I didn’t really scamper, it was more of a quick,  happy march). The plan was to do what I  pretty much usually do with fish, and to grill them. However, someone, somewhere must have wanted to send me a message from above, or from the high shelf of a kitchen  cupboard, and when the packet of semolina I usually use to dust my sourdough loaves with fell on my head, I  changed the plan. Sometimes you need a knock on the head to shake things up a little!

Serves 2 (easy to scale up for more)

  • 2 cleaned plaice or other flat fish
  • About 2 tablespoons of semolina, seasoned lightly with salt and pepper
  • 1 egg lightly beaten (you’ll probably not need it all but it’s difficult to use any less!)
  • Olive oil for shallow frying
  • One roasted pepper, peeled, chopped and dressed with lemon juice and olive oil (or use some from a jar prepared for using as an antipasto)

Coat the fish in the egg then the seasoned semolina. Heat the oil on a medium/high heat in a large frying goan.  You may need to keep the first fillet warm while you cook the second one if your pan is not large enough to take both.


Luna and Alfi approve stripped, waxed floorboards

Cook for about 3 minutes on one side until the crust is browned and crispy. Flip the fillet over and continue to fry. The second side will probably only take about two minutes. Use your discretion if the fillets are particularly large or thick.

Serve with the dressed roasted peppers and a salad.


37 Responses to “Semolina Crusted Plaice with Roasted Peppers”

  1. Mad Dog May 23, 2016 at 19:20 #

    That looks delicious! I’ve got the end of a serrano leg in the pressure cooker with split peas, but you’ve made me want fish now 😉

    • Chica Andaluza May 23, 2016 at 19:47 #

      Ooh that’s going to be one tasty “potaje”! .

      • Mad Dog May 23, 2016 at 20:04 #

        You should see the foot sticking out of the pot!

  2. narf7 May 23, 2016 at 19:24 #

    It’s good to take a bread from blogging so that real life can be up front and personal. The day that blogging takes precedence over the real world is the day that you discover you have a problem ;). I love a good experiment as well. I wanted pizza the other day and got all of the ingredients ready and realised, at the last minute (as you do), that I hadn’t made any tomato pizza sauce so I ran with sundried tomato pesto instead and it was magnificent. I think semolina dropping on you from on high was a stroke of genius in this recipe. I only store the heavy stuff on high so hopefully none of it falls on my hand or head as my cooking days would most probably cease post haste! 😉

    • Chica Andaluza May 23, 2016 at 19:49 #

      I so agree with you! I think my worst falling on my head episode was when I tried to make a medlar fruit jelly and a pan fell and hit me in the face. Think I posted a photo of my black eye!

      • narf7 May 23, 2016 at 19:54 #

        War wounds. 🙂

      • narf7 May 23, 2016 at 20:12 #

        HAHAHAHAHAHA! You just made my day! (Make that early morning, its 4.10am here and freezing cold). I will have to head out in the dark to walk the ever-ready-for-walkies Earl at 5am and I will be chuckling under my breath as I remember particularly hilarious sections of this post. Ms Chica at her finest. I was so impressed I just shared this post on my Pinterest page and on Facebook. Love your work Ms Chica, never stop! 😉

      • Chica Andaluza May 23, 2016 at 22:13 #


      • Chica Andaluza May 23, 2016 at 23:10 #

        Thank you ☺

  3. Tandy | Lavender and Lime May 24, 2016 at 06:09 #

    Great dish dish aside, the floors look way better with the wood finish!

  4. restlessjo May 24, 2016 at 08:44 #

    Sounds delish! Blogging should take a back seat to life- it’s the natural order 🙂

  5. cathyandchucky May 24, 2016 at 10:04 #

    Yum to the fish! Love the revamped floorboards too. Love the doggies 😍

  6. Lynn May 24, 2016 at 13:55 #

    You should have strapped numbers to Alfie and Luna’s paws giving the scores on the doors for the floors!! Love the wooden floor, Lynn x x

  7. chef mimi May 24, 2016 at 14:56 #

    What a beautiful apartment! Love the fish. I don’t fry often, but I must try out the coating. Sounds wonderful and crispy!

  8. thecompletebook May 25, 2016 at 09:28 #

    Blogging has also taken a back seat with me – so much happening and changing – all the time. Hard to keep up with myself.
    I love the idea of using semolina as a crust for fish – divine!
    Loving the wooden floors.
    Have a beautiful day friend.
    🙂 Mandy xoxo

  9. bitsandbreadcrumbs May 25, 2016 at 16:28 #

    What a great idea to use semolina as a dredge for fish! I know that was good. Blogging has been a little on the back burner here, too. Must be in the air! 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza May 25, 2016 at 18:26 #

      It’s good to take a little break every now and then!

  10. Ria May 25, 2016 at 20:28 #

    Love the look of both the fish and the floor xxx

  11. cookinginsens May 26, 2016 at 00:27 #

    Wonderful. Need to buy fish.

  12. PendleStitches May 27, 2016 at 13:00 #

    Never mind the fish…no matter how yummy it looks. That floor! That fireplace! Swoon!

    • Chica Andaluza May 27, 2016 at 20:03 #

      I do love me a polished floor! Actually, I waxed this one (I normally varnish). So much lovelier.

      • PendleStitches June 1, 2016 at 12:14 #

        Our new house has wood floors all the way through the ground floor Gorgeous!

      • Chica Andaluza June 1, 2016 at 18:25 #

        Perfect….bet it’s going to be such a happy home for you all!

      • PendleStitches June 2, 2016 at 19:36 #

        I think it might. Wheels are in motion. As this is the third house we’ve tried to buy I’m keeping everything crossed.

  13. Sunnycovechef May 29, 2016 at 16:23 #

    I never tried coating fish in semolina. I have to try it. It’s good to take a break from blogging.

  14. Karen May 31, 2016 at 14:14 #

    I’m glad your family and friends got all your attention…hope everyone had a get time. My favorite way of preparing fish…I would gobble yours up. 😀

  15. Bluejellybeans June 2, 2016 at 18:04 #

    Hola Chica! Me alegra mucho saber que todos estáis bien y disfrutando del buen tiempo, familia y buena comida. Es normal que tengamos temporadas de no poder sentarnos el tiempo suficiente para poder editar fotos, escribir post y publicar. Yo lo llevo fatal! Jejeje. Un abrazo muy fuerte y hasta pronto!! ✨✨

  16. Rak Sepatu Gantung June 25, 2016 at 02:14 #

    wow the dog! love it! i wish i have one at home…..

  17. Sablon Mug Souvenir August 2, 2016 at 01:49 #

    Nice food, and i also love animal..

  18. Jual Tirai Magnet Anti Nyamuk August 30, 2016 at 13:51 #

    what a lovely dog, very cute… what is that name!

  19. BANDAR KAOS KARAKTER October 14, 2016 at 05:19 #

    it looks like the food you share in this article is very tasty and healthy, because it is made from fish.

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