Fried sardines with fried rice and fried egg were one of my favorite meals to eat when I was growing up in the Philippines. It’s really easy, and it’s basically the same as this Jamaican recipe. I personally like to eat it with vinegar on the side, but that’s optional.
- 1 can sardines in oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 Small onion
- Black pepper
- 1 egg
- Heat up the oil from the sardine can in the pan
- Sauté garlic and onion until caramelized
- Add sardines and cook for a little bit
- Add pepper to taste. Depending on the sardines, it might already be salty.
- Fry the egg and the rice in the residual oil
Mackerel in Coconut Milk
I had some mackerel in my freezer that I didn’t know what to do with, but Andrea found this Filipino recipe online called Ginataang Mackerel. Ginataan means “done in coconut milk.” This was also pretty easy to do, and I like how forgiving it is when you’re missing some of the ingredients. Instead of fish sauce, you can use salt. Instead of chili, you can use cayenne and chili flakes.
Shrimp and Tilapia in Coconut Milk
After I ran out of mackerel, I made a modified version of the ginataan but with shrimp and tilapia. It’s mostly the same recipe, but just make sure to add the shrimp at the very end. You don’t want to over cook it!
Chana Masala with Cauliflower
This is one of my go-to recipes when I’m feeling lazy. I follow this recipe, but I substitute heavy cream with coconut milk. I don’t have naan, so I use flour tortillas as a substitute.