Thursday, 21 March 2013

Going Italian again with red snapper carbonara spaghetti

One of the fish we got from the fish market by the sea, last week, was a red snapper. We already cooked the head and tail parts in a curry. The middle part was cut as fillets which some was made into soup for the kids. Red snapper is a prized fish in Malaysia, prices ranges from RM 24 to RM 34 for one kilogram. We got a whole fish for RM 41.00. Being Malaysians, we use every part of the fish, including head, tail and bones.

For a simple pasta lunch, I poached some fillets that was cut into small pieces and added them into a carbonara sauce. Instead of milk, I used the liquid from poaching the fillet for the carbonara sauce. The liquid and filet combination  made a delicious pasta meal, another of my son favorite.

Red snapper carbonara spaghetti:

Fish preparation:

2 of 2 by 4 inches red snapper fish fillets
3/4 cup water

Heat water, add salt and pepper. Once boiled drop into it the fish fillets. Let simmer for 3 minutes. Separate fish  from liquid, cut it into smaller pieces. Set aside both fish and liquid aside.

Sauce preparation:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon flour
1 clove garlic, mince
1/4 cup mix cheese (mozzarella, cheddar. parmesan)
liquid from the fish poaching
and the poached fish fillets

Heat oil, add minced garlic, and fry till a little toasty. Add flour, heat it till a little brownish. Add liquid, salt & pepper, mix well. Once the mixture is getting thicker, add cheese, and mix well. Then add fish fillets. Finally add cooked pasta. Once pasta is coated with the sauce, it is ready to be served.

The carbonara spaghetti makes a nice combo with garlic bread and mix salad of apples, oranges, tomatoes and lettuce. The salad we had was topped with some left over baked chicken and parmigiana cheese (parmesan). Dressing was a simple combination of salt, olive oil and lemon juice.

So there was our dinner, very Italian, very Mediterranean. We do have to go slow on the cheese and up the olive oil to benefit from the Mediterranean diet (theory) for heart health.

Happy dining everyone,
Alternative Foodie.


  1. I'm always looking for things to add to my spaghetti or pasta!
    Thanks for your comment on my blog :)
    Duncan In Kuantan

  2. You are most welcome, Duncan. Been enjoying your post and looking forward to your A-Z write up.