Am I the only one for whom Pescado Frito (Fried Fish a la Dominicana) is synonym with Boca Chica?
If you don’t know, Boca Chica is one of the closest beaches to Santo Domingo, the Dominican capital. With white sand and shallow deep turquoise waters, Boca Chica is the kind of beach we see in Caribbean postcards; but instead of the romanticized version, Boca Chica is full of hustle and bustle, and Dominicans at their most colorful.
I haven’t been to Boca Chica in years, so my memories may not be up to date. But I remember the vendors, selling their fried fares to those unprepared revelers that did not bring their giant spaghetti pot to their beach day. Yaniqueques, tostones and pescado frito everywhere, washed down with cold Dominican beers and accompanied by a cacophony of competing music coming from all sides.
Ah, the memories.
Some foods in our country are synonym with fun, lazy days. This one of them, an uncomplicated dish that only requires that you find some very fresh fish, and which is sure to bring some sun and fun into your own home, even if you are far from our wonderful beaches.
- 6 small sea bass, snapper or grouper (1/2 lb [0.23 kg] each) scaled, gilled and gutted
- ½ teaspoon of pepper, or to taste
- ½ teaspoon of dry oregano or thyme leaves, powdered (optional)
- 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt, or to taste
- 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 4 cups of oil for frying (canola, corn or peanut)
- 2 limes cut into wedges
- Score fish 3 or 4 times diagonally on both sides.
- Pat dry with a paper towel.
- Sprinkle each fish with a pinch of thyme (or oregano), pepper and salt.
- Rub each fish with the cornstarch, followed by the salt and pepper, making sure it gets into the cuts.
- In a frying pot heat the oil over medium-high heat.
- Deep-fry one by one until golden brown on both sides.
- Place on a paper towel to drain excess oil.
- Serve with tostones and garnish with the lime wedges and salt on the side.