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Polish Fish in the Greek Style Recipe - Ryba Po Grecku

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Polish Fish in the Greek Style or Ryba Po Grecku

Polish Fish in the Greek Style or Ryba Po Grecku

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There really is nothing Greek about this Polish ryba po grecku recipe, yet that's the name it has carried for hundreds of years. This traditional recipe features fried white fish, such as tilapia, perch, pike, walleye, whiting and orange roughy, among others, which is then smothered in a tomato-vegetable sauce. At first blush, I wondered why would anyone want to cover crispy fried fish with a wet sauce? Well, it works and is delicious hot or cold. Ryba po grecku is often one of the courses at the meatless Christmas Eve meal known as wigilia and is a good choice anytime a meatless meal is required. See this Polish video on how to make ryba po grecku.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings Polish Ryba Po Grecku

Ingredients:

  • For the Fish:
  • 1 pound white fish fillets (tilapia, perch, pike, walleye, etc.)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons oil for frying
  • For the Vegetables:
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 large peeled and coarsely grated carrots
  • 1 coarsely grated celery rib
  • 1 peeled and coarsely grated parsnip
  • 1 large leek, white and part of the green end, rinsed of all grit and sliced
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste (or more to taste)
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation:

  1. Rinse and pat fish fillets dry. Season with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour and sauté in oil until golden brown and cooked through. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium and add 2 tablespoons oil. Add carrots, celery, parsnip and leek and sauté until vegetables have collapsed, stirring frequently. Add allspice, bay leaf and tomato paste. Mix well and simmer until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally, and most of the liquid has evaporated. Remove the bay leaf and allspice. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  3. Place 1/3 of the tomato-vegetable mixture on a serving platter. Lay the fried fish on top. Cover completely with remaining tomato-vegetable mixture. Serve hot or cold.
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