Chili-Cumin Fried Fish
2 lbs. white fish fillets (such as sea bass, orange roughy or
red snapper), each about 1-inch thick
3 large eggs, beaten to blend
1 C. unsalted matzo meal
4 t. chili powder
1 1/2 t. ground cumin
1/2 t. ground black pepper
1/2 t. coarse salt
1/4 C. (or more) vegetable oil
Fresh cilantro sprigs
Sprinkle fish fillets generously on all sides with coarse salt; let stand 30
minutes. Rinse fish to remove salt and pat dry with paper towels.
Place eggs and matzo meal in separate large shallow bowls. Mix chili powder,
cumin, black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt in small bowl to blend.
Sprinkle fish generously with chili powder mixture. Dip fish into eggs, then
into matzo meal, coating completely. Transfer fish to waxed paper.
Heat 1/4 cup oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in
batches, fry fish in single layer until just opaque in center and golden brown,
adding more oil if necessary, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer fish to paper
towels and drain.
Arrange fish on platter. Garnish with lemon wedges and cilantro sprigs.
Serves 4 to 6.