Moroccan Elephant Fish Recipe


SpotX Wild Foods Recipe from Petra Moorby
Prep:45 minutes Cook:10 minutes Difficulty:1

  • 600 grams elephant fish fillets.
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander.
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon.
  • 1 teaspoon minced chilli.
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin.
  • 2 teaspoons crushed garlic.
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce.
  • Freshly-ground black pepper.
  • Plain white flour.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • Mix the olive oil with the coriander, lemon juice and zest.
  • Add chilli, cumin, garlic, fish sauce and ground black pepper.
  • Rub over the fish and allow to stand for at least 30 minutes.
  • Place a cup or two of flour in a plastic bag.
  • Add a couple of fillets at a time to the bag and give them a good dusting.
  • Lightly spray or brush a non-stick pan with oil.
  • Cook fish until crisp and golden, about 3-4 minutes on each side.





Elephant Fish
Elephant Fish While it might not win any beauty pageants, the elephant fish is recognised in southern parts of New Zealand as a good eating specimen.


It features a large, fleshy, cartilaginous trunk that protrudes from the snout – and together with large winglike pectoral fins – combines to give the fish a rather grotesque deformed appearance rather like Quasimodo. The snout has a useful purpose, being used to root out crabs and shellfish from muddy or sandy bottoms. When handling the fish you need to be aware of the large, sharp folding spine that forms part of the dorsal fin.
Elephant fish are closely related to sharks, having a backbone of gristle rather than a skeleton. It is not surprising that the flesh tastes a bit like lemon fish (rig or dogfish) and is popular for fish and chips, as the firm flesh holds together well and you get two boneless fillets when you prepare it for the table. It is sold in the fish shops as silverfish and silver trumpeter.
Elephant fish is caught commercially by trawlers, but between October and late summer it comes within reach of surfcasters and boaties fishing inshore, sheltered waters such as Wellington Harbour.



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