Tuna & Rice
Tuna & Rice
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To me this sounds good, I will have to give this a try. Simple ingredients. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Tuna & Rice
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To me this sounds good, I will have to give this a try. Simple ingredients. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan, when hot, add the onion and cook until softened, stirring often. When the onion is soft and translucent, add the rice and stir to coat with the oil and cook until the rice grains have a glassy look.
  2. Add the stock, stir then cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in the peas and corn, cover and cook another 10 minutes. Remove from heat and leave the pot covered to stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Open and drain the canned tuna and place in a small bowl and flake with a fork. If using fresh cooked tuna, you will need 1 to 1/2 cups.
  5. Gently stir the parsley into the rice, then the tuna, serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Fresh Tuna.

Variant: 1. Use a mix of peas and corn, peas, corn, and carrots, or go all out and a mix of peas, carrots, corn, and green beans.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Baked Whitefish
Baked Whitefish
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I made this in 22 April 2018 and oh my, it is delicious! Any boneless whitefish fillets can be used, such as tilapia, barramundi, pangasius, ocean perch, haddock, cod, etc.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25-35 minutes
Baked Whitefish
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I made this in 22 April 2018 and oh my, it is delicious! Any boneless whitefish fillets can be used, such as tilapia, barramundi, pangasius, ocean perch, haddock, cod, etc.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25-35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and lightly grease with butter a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Rinse the fillets then pat them dry, arrange fillets in the baking dish and season with the salt and lemon pepper.
  3. In the small sauce pan you melted the butter in, mix in the lemon/lime juice, and the garlic. Brush this over the fillets in the baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle the fish with the parsley, rosemary, and paprika.
  5. Bake, uncovered, for 25 to 35 minutes or until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.
  6. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Just using Pangasius from Tesco at 86 Baht/kilo, for 4 servings, this is about 67 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Ginger Steamed Sardines
Ginger Steamed Sardines
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Sounds very good. I look forward to making this. I do list a shortcut for homemade sardines in olive oil, but that is not really a cost saver due to the cost of olive oil. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ginger Steamed Sardines
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Sounds very good. I look forward to making this. I do list a shortcut for homemade sardines in olive oil, but that is not really a cost saver due to the cost of olive oil. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat your steamer. I will use my tiny rice cooker with a steamer tray. You can also use a pot and a steamer basket.
  2. Drain the oil from the tin into a small bowl. Remove the sardines from the tin, split in half and arrange on a heat proof dish.
  3. Mix the ginger and spring onion (keep a pinch of the spring onion aside for garnish) with the oil from the tin to make a paste. Heat the oil mixture in a small pan until fragrant.
  4. Pour the oil mixture over the sardines and place the dish in your steamer. Steam for 5 minutes.
  5. While the sardines are steaming, using the same pan the oil was heated in, add the soy sauce and water and heat that up, add sugar to taste.
  6. When the sardines have steamed for 5 minutes, carefully remove the dish, pour the soy sauce mixture over the sardines, serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

One tin of sardines in olive oil at Tesco is 59 Baht. For two sandwiches, 1 per serving, this is about 92 cents per serving. I do list the shortcut for homemade sardines in olive oil, but the cost of the oil does not really reduce the cost of the sardines overall.

Shortcuts: Sardines in Olive Oil.

From the Ayam website, original recipe is here.

Sardine Salad Sandwich
Sardine Salad Sandwich
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Sounds good, and healthy. On my to make list soon. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 sandwiches 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 sandwiches 5 minutes
Sardine Salad Sandwich
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Sounds good, and healthy. On my to make list soon. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 sandwiches 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 sandwiches 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: sandwiches
Instructions
  1. Drain the sardines and place in a bowl, add the mayo and chopped pickle. Mix with a fork, mashing up the sardines. If using homemade sardines, use about 3 pieces.
  2. Lay out the 4 slices of bread, spread may on each slice. On 2 slices, add a layer of sliced tomato, spread on 1/2 the sardine mixture, top that with lettuce leaves, then add a layer of sliced egg, season with salt and pepper as desired. Top with a slice of bread, mayo side down. Cut in half and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

One tin of sardines in olive oil at Tesco is 59 Baht. For two sandwiches, 1 per serving, this is about 92 cents per serving. I do list the shortcut for homemade sardines in olive oil, but the cost of the oil does not really reduce the cost of the sardines overall.

Shortcuts: Fridge Pickles, Perfect Hard Boiled Chicken Eggs, Steamed Eggs, Sardines in Olive Oil.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Thai Fish Cakes
Thai Fish Cakes
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This comes from a good friend and sounds delicious. You can prepare the fish two ways, 1. with a food processor, or 2. with a meat grinder and your hands, I will use the second way. On my to cook list.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 30 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 30 minutes
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This comes from a good friend and sounds delicious. You can prepare the fish two ways, 1. with a food processor, or 2. with a meat grinder and your hands, I will use the second way. On my to cook list.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 30 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
For Food Processor Use
  1. Put the fish in your food processor and process until coarsely chopped, then add the curry paste, egg, sugar, salt, and corn starch and process until well blended. Stir in the beans, cilantro, and kaffir lime leaves (if using those).
For Meat Grinder & Hands Use
  1. Run the fish through your meat grinder using the coarse plate (the wagon wheel). With the ground fish in a mixing bowl, add the curry paste, egg, sugar, salt, and corn starch and mix with your hands to completely mix everything together. Stir in the beans, cilantro, and kaffir lime leaves (if using those).
Continuing On...
  1. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. After 30 minutes have passed, get the bowl and shape fish mixture in balls then flatten to make the fish cakes.
  3. Heat the oil in a non stick pan, when the oil is hot, add the fish cakes (in batches) and cook for about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  4. Garnish with lime wedges. Serve as a side with any Thai main dish, such as a curry over rice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Recipe and photo provided by good friend, Khanthary Singnhoth, and her recipe is here.
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Thai Fish Curry
Thai Fish Curry
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I seen my wife make this today using imported Italian Mackerel, and local sourced ingredients. Seems like a lot of steps but this actually goes together quite fast overall. The coconut milk is made from fresh grated coconut, use canned if you like. Measurements are very approximate as no actual measurements are made, what is listed is my best guesses.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Thai Fish Curry
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I seen my wife make this today using imported Italian Mackerel, and local sourced ingredients. Seems like a lot of steps but this actually goes together quite fast overall. The coconut milk is made from fresh grated coconut, use canned if you like. Measurements are very approximate as no actual measurements are made, what is listed is my best guesses.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. With the fresh shredded coconut, you are going to make coconut milk. to do this, place the coconut in a large bowl and cover with water. Squeeze the shred and the water will become milky. Do this for about 5-10 minutes, really squeezing the clumps of shred, the grab some shred and hold it above the bowl and squeeze it dry, discard the clump, now you have a bowl of coconut milk, almost, you are not done yet.
  2. Place a strainer over a bowl and pour the milk into the strainer, tap the strainer and move the contents a bit with your fingers to get the liquid out, you are now removing any of the remaining shred from the milk. For the remaining shred, pick that up and squeeze dry as well.
  3. The end result is fresh coconut milk, this is just one bowl, we used two, goal is 3-4 cups of milk total.
  4. Now get your ingredients together. Here is one of the two bowls of coconut milk, chili paste, shrimp paste, and the lime leaves (before slicing).
  5. Fish used is Italian Mackerel. We bought these are Tesco, sold by the piece, not weight, 90 Baht for 6 fish.
  6. Clean the fish by scaling, the scales are very small and this goes quickly, then gut each and cut the tails off. (If you want to remove the heads, feel free to do so.)
  7. Add about 2/3 of the coconut milk to a pan, and add the chili paste and shrimp paste. Put on medium heat.
  8. While the milk is heating up, slice up the lime leaves. Grab the handful or so of leaves, the younger bright green ones are preferred, hold in a tight bundle, and slice. Not looking for perfection here, just get most of them thinly sliced. Set this aside.
  9. With the milk now hot, stir to mix in the chili and shrimp pastes. Let this simmer, low boil, for about 10 minutes. You just made a curry.
  10. Then add the fish in a single layer.
  11. Now pour in the remaining coconut milk and sort of mix that in, let this simmer for about 10 minutes.
  12. This is fresh tamarind, it is like a paste, the stones (seeds), and the string fibrous part is still in this. To this, add a little water, about 1/4 cup and squish this up to soften it.
  13. Remove the fish to another pan.
  14. To the pan with the curry, hold a strainer over the pan and pour in the tamarind mush into the strainer, move the mush about with your hand to get the tamarind liquid into the pan, when the all the liquid is strained out from the tamarind mush, discard the strainer contents. Stir the tamarind liquid into the curry then add the sliced lime leaves and stir that in.
  15. Pour the curry over the fish in the second pan, add a few whole lime leaves, bring this to a simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  16. Place a few fish in a bowl, spoon some curry over the top and ready to serve.
Recipe Notes

The fish cost 90 Baht for 6 fish. For 4 servings, this is about 68 cents per serving.

Prepared by my wife, Rrayada Thayer.
Thailand.

Cornmeal Whitefish
Cornmeal Whitefish
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The only time I have eaten fish coated in cornmeal was catfish in Tennessee, and that was years ago. Time to change this I will use shark catfish but it has a whitefish flavor, not at all like catfish. This is make as much as you want recipe, no servings, times, or quantities are listed for this (read that as simple).
Cornmeal Whitefish
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The only time I have eaten fish coated in cornmeal was catfish in Tennessee, and that was years ago. Time to change this I will use shark catfish but it has a whitefish flavor, not at all like catfish. This is make as much as you want recipe, no servings, times, or quantities are listed for this (read that as simple).
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Cut your whitefish fillets in half if you like, easier to manage that way.
  2. Place 3 shallow bowls on the counter, place some flour in the first bowl, 2-3 eggs in the next bowl and beat them with a fork, then some cornmeal in the last bowl. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the flour and the cornmeal.
  3. Heat a large non stick pan with a good splash of cooking oil. When the oil is hot, dredge each fillet in flour and shake off excess, then in egg and shake off excess, then in cornmeal, the into the hot oil. cook until golden brown on the bottom then turn fillets over and cook until golden brown, remove to paper towels. I am cooking the fish fillets on the right, my wife is cooking wontons on the left.
  4. When all the fillets are cooked, serve with a vegetable and a salad for a nice meal.
Recipe Notes

For the fish, go with about 130 Baht/1 kilo of Pangasius fillets. For 4 servings, this is about 96 cents per serving.

Inspired by seeing cornmeal coated fish photos from a number of good friends.

Basic Salmon Patties
Basic Salmon Patties
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When I was growing up, these were a common staple for a dinner. Here is Thailand, the large cans of salmon are very high priced, so I will work this up with frozen salmon that I steam and will come up with a cost per serving when I make this.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10-30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10-30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Basic Salmon Patties
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When I was growing up, these were a common staple for a dinner. Here is Thailand, the large cans of salmon are very high priced, so I will work this up with frozen salmon that I steam and will come up with a cost per serving when I make this.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10-30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10-30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Mix together in a large bowl, the salmon, spring onion, dill, breadcrumbs, mayo, juice, mustard, egg and season with salt and pepper as desired. Form into 4-5 patties.
  2. Heat a large skillet with a splash of oil, when the oil is hot, cook the patties (in batches if needed) about 3-4 minutes per side or until nice and golden brown on each side.
  3. Serve with mashed potatoes, pasta, or rice and a vegetable for a nice meal.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I steam some salmon, for now I will say fair priced.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pasta with Tuna, Lemon & Dill
Pasta with Tuna, Lemon & Dill
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Sounds easy and tasty. On my to cook list. Feel free to use canned or fresh tuna you have cooked. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
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Sounds easy and tasty. On my to cook list. Feel free to use canned or fresh tuna you have cooked. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, cook the pasta until tender.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, mix the remaining ingredients together in a large serving bowl, season with salt and pepper as desired.
  3. When the pasta is tender, drain and add to the mixture in the serving bowl, toss to combine, serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Tuna.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Easy Fish Pie
Easy Fish Pie
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Sounds wonderful, on my to cook list! This is very rewritten to make is user friendly. This recipe assumes you have hard boiled eggs (chicken or duck), and mashed potatoes already prepared.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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Sounds wonderful, on my to cook list! This is very rewritten to make is user friendly. This recipe assumes you have hard boiled eggs (chicken or duck), and mashed potatoes already prepared.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Get out a deep dish Pyrex pie dish or a 7x11 baking dish, I will verify when I make this.
  2. To poach the fish, heat a non stick pan and add the milk, onion, bay leaves, and cloves. Heat to just before a boil, add the fish and simmer until the fish is cooked through and flakes with a fork, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the fish to a plate, strain the milk mixture and pour into a bowl, discard the contents of the strainer.
  4. Flake the fish into large pieces into the baking dish, Add the shrimp and arrange the quartered eggs on the top. Sprinkle the parsley on the top.
  5. To make the sauce, melt half of the butter in a small pan, stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring, then remove from heat. Stir in the reserved milk to get a smooth sauce. Return the pot to heat and bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes, stirring continuously, until it coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat, season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
  6. Pour the sauce over the fish. Top the pie with mashed potatoes, push the mash right up to the edges to seal, fluff the top with a fork then sprinkle on the cheese.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes then let rest for 5 minutes, serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 50 Baht for the whitefish, Pangasius, and about 200 Baht for salmon. For the cheese, figure about 90 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $2.50 per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.