Spiced Cocoa-Rubbed Fish

Nuvita Biscuits

Cocoa, cinnamon and spices combine to make a mouth tingling quick fish dish.


  • 4 x 165 g tilapia, kingfish or halibut fillets

For the spice rub

  • 40 g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder, sieved
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¾ tsp garlic powder
  • pinch, ground cinnamon
  • large pinch ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp butter
  • squeeze fresh lime juice

1. Pat the fish fillets or steaks dry with kitchen paper and set aside.

2. Combine the sugar with the sieved cocoa powder and stir in the cayenne powder, turmeric, onion powder, garlic granules, cinnamon and nutmeg. Season with sea salt flakes and black pepper.

3. Coat the fish fillets with the spice mix, gently rubbing the spices in to the fish. Dust off any excess.

4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan set over a moderate heat and fry the fish for 2 minutes before turning. Flip the fillets over – by now the sugar will have caramelised and the fish taken on a dark sheen.

5. Add 3-4 tablespoons of water to the pan, cover with a lid and gently simmer the fish for 2-3 minutes to finish cooking. The fish will flake easily when ready. Add the butter to the pan and sharpen with a squeeze of lime. This dish works really well with the tart tang of tamarind chutney.





Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Armas on Feb 5, 2013

    I have some frozen fish fillets, fairly thin cut, and was wondering if I could toss ’em on the George? Would I need to thaw them out first or is frozen OK? Also, if this is not a good idea, what temp and time should I cook them in the oven?

    Thanks! :)

  2. posted by evil chevy on Feb 5, 2013

    So Im following the GI diet and here is the Dinner: (as it from the book)
    Baked fish fillets with chopped parsley.Serve with chopped spinach and lemon,yellow squash,carrots and potato.

    Is there a way I can bake them all together? The vegeatbles and the fish

  3. posted by x_blind_x_gamer_x on Mar 25, 2013

    I’m making chocolate chip cookies and it says to use soft brown sugar. I only have natural unrefined dark brown muscovado cane sugar, is it OK to substitute with this?

  4. posted by JDOGG1122 on Mar 26, 2013

    Back to my search for the bakery cookie- peanut butter with milk chocolate center- I was’nt clear obviously-sorry! These cookies are round ball shaped, with milk chocolate totally encased inside. I do have the peanut butter kiss recipe and it is delicious, but different from what I’m looking for now. Thanks again.

  5. posted by encyclopath on Mar 26, 2013

    I make mine by taking peanut butter (usually chunky), then jelly. Before I place the bread slices together I add Cinnamon on the slice of bread with peanut butter. I then might add raisins or banana slices. Does anyone else use this ingredient, if so do you enjoy it

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