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Heres one that I though you might like as its African in origin. Looks pretty tasty to me! Although it calls the fish "steamed" it would probably be more accurate to call it braised. Wash the fish with the juice of the lime. Rinse, drain and pat dry. Cut 3 or 4 diagonal gashes in each side of the fish, cutting forward toward the head. Make a mixture of the salt, pepper, 2 cloves of the garlic, the vinegar and a little of the minced hot pepper. Grind to a paste. Rub the gashes and the inside surfaces of the fish with the paste. Place the fish in a flat glass baking dish and cover with the onions (reserving a few), the green pepper and the remaining garlic and hot pepper. Marinate for one hour. Meanwhile, shell the shrimp, reserving the shells. Coarsely chop the shrimp and set aside. Place the shells and the extra fish head in a large saucepan with the water, reserved onion and celery. Simmer for 15 minutes. Heat the oil in a large cast-iron skillet. Shake the marinade off the fish and dredge the fish in flour. Fry quickly, for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden brown but not done. Lower the heat and add the marinade vegetables. Pour in 2 cups of the fish-shrimp stock. Add the bay leaf, thyme and a little more salt and pepper. Cover and simmer gently for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the fish and vegetables with a slotted spoon to a serving dish. Set aside and keep warm. Add 2 tablespoons flour to the skillet and stir. Cook slowly, scraping the bottom of the skillet, until the gravy starts to thicken. Strain the gravy and return it to the now clean skillet. Add the shrimp and cook until they turn pink and the gravy is thick. Serve the shrimp gravy over the fish. Serves 4 to 6. From the "Family of the Spirit Cookbook: Recipes and Remembrances from African-American Kitchens," by John Pinderhughes (Simon and Schuster. 1990). The author recommends that if you cant get another fish head, decapitate the fish and use it to make the stock. Snapper is called for but he says that Hawaiian relatives of snapper ++onaga, opakapaka or taape can be substituted as can Pacific rockfish. Posted by Stephen Ceideburg; January 23 1991. File ftp://ftp.idiscover.co.uk/pub/food/mealmaster/recipes/cberg2.zip
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