Rhum and Pepper Painted Fish with Mangoes



1 1/2 tablespoons of whole black peppercorns
12 whole cloves
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
3/4 cup light rhum (rum)
2 1/2 tablespoons of grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon peanut oil for cooking the fish

Cooking Instructions

For the "paint":

1. Toast the black peppercorns and cloves together in a dry skillet over moderate heat until you see a puff or two of smoke. Remove from the heat and grind them together in an electric spice grinder or a clean coffee bean grinder. Transfer them to a heavy saucepan. Add the remaining ingredients and heat all together on medium heat. The mixture will begin to foam as it reduces. When it has reduced by approximately half, about 25 to 35 minutes, strain it through a fine-meshed strainer into a bowl. Reserve until needed.

Note: The rum can suddenly ignite. If it does, cover the pan to kill off the oxygen. Resume heating and reducing as before.

For the fish:

1. Just before serving the dish, preheat an oven to 450°F. Place the fish on a large platter and then paint the fish liberally on one side only.

2. Heat a large skillet (or two of them) until almost smoking hot.

3. Add some peanut oil and carefully add the fish, paint-side down. Shake the pan to avoid sticking. When the fish is quite dark, flip it over, degrease any excess oil and place the skillet in the oven. Bake the fish until just cooked through.

4. Lay the mangoes over the fish evenly.

5. Serve with a wedge of lemon or lime.

Note: Drizzle the prepared "pepper paint" out of a squirt bottle around the fish.

Serving Size: 1 fish fillet with fruit

Nutrition Information

Number of Servings: 4
47 g
Total Carbohydrate
40 g
Dietary Fiber
2 g
Soluble Fiber
0 g
32 g
Total Fat
6 g
Saturated Fat
1 g
Monounsaturated Fat
2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
1 g
Trans Fatty Acid (tfa)
0 g
84 mg
Omega-3 Fatty Acid
0 g
Omega-6 Fatty Acid
1 g
Percent Calories from Protein
37 %
Percent Calories from Carbohydrate
32 %
Percent Calories from Fat
11 %
Vitamin A
300 IU
Vitamin B1- Thiamin
0 mg
Vitamin B2 - Riboflavin
0 mg
Vitamin B3 - Niacin
2 mg
Vitamin B6
0 mg
Vitamin B12
1 mcg
Vitamin C
23 mg
Vitamin D
0 IU
36 mcg
Vitamin E
2 IU
Pantothenic Acid
1 mg
92 mg
3 mg
433 mg
1309 mg
1723 mg
1 mg