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Moldovan Easy Whole Fried Fish Recipe

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My Moldovan easy whole fried fish dish, inspired by my mother’s recipe, is a wonderfully simple and blissful way to cook and enjoy a fresh piece of white fish you may have bought at a seafood market or caught yourself.

Moldovan Easy Whole Fried Fish Recipe

This is a super easy but utterly delicious recipe to make. This one is a recipe from Moldovan cuisine, but similar recipes are common in other Eastern and Central European cuisines, as well as Russian cuisine and Balkan cuisines.

Eastern European cooking uses simple ingredients yet still maximizes flavor. As this recipe shows, even the humblest of ingredients, when combined and cooked right, can elevate the flavor of fried fish in marvelous ways.

Recipe Ingredients

To get started, you’ll need these simple ingredients:

  • 3 Whole Fish (We used “pastrav” which is translated to “trout” but it works really well with “carp”/carp as well)
  • Flour mix (3 tbsp plain flour, 3 tbsp cornmeal/maize flour, and 1 tbsp salt)
  • Sunflower oil for frying (about 1/4 cup, depending on the size of your pan, you can also use vegetable oil)

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1 – Make sure the fish has been cleaned (scaled and gutted). Ours had already been cleaned except for the scales. So, in the picture below, we’re using a knife to descale it.

Step 2 – Once scaled and gutted, roll the fish through the flour mixture (plain flour, cornmeal/maize flour, and salt), and lay on a plate, ready for frying.

Step 3 – Add a generous amount of oil to a pan over medium heat. Fry the fish for about 5 minutes on one side and then flip and fry it for 5 minutes on the other side.

In time, you’ll see a golden-brown coating forming, layering the tender fish in a delicious fried coating.

Step 4 – Once your whole fish has fried, lay your fish out on a large plate, ready to plate up.

Lemon slices and a few sprigs of parsley will go a long way to both adding to the flavor of the fish and adding a dash of vibrant color to the plate.

The textures in this fish dish are truly jaw-dropping. The white, flakiness of the fish, the crunch of the coating, and the moisture from the lemon meld to create a truly melt-in-mouth experience with every bite.

What to Serve the Whole Fried Fish with?

In my family, we serve the fried fish with lemon slices, salad, mamaliga, white cheese, and “mujdei” (a garlic sauce).

But fried fish is so versatile and can be paired with most things, including mashed potatoes, buckwheat, salads, and roasted veggies.

For such a simple seafood dish, the fried fish is truly a showstopper on the plate, it’s crumbed coating rich in color, complimenting the side dishes beautifully.

Combine a few sides, and you’re in for a real treat. The crunch of breadcrumbs, salty freshness of fish, zest of lemon, warmth of mamaliga, and notes of garlic make for a truly sublime combination of flavors.

Humble and creative food still to this day brings Moldovan families together to share stories, enjoy hearty food, and spend quality time together.

Moldovan whole fried fish was, for me growing up, one of those dishes that the whole family looked forward to eating together, hence why it will always hold a special place in my heart.

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Moldovan Easy Whole Fried Fish Recipe

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Author: Nomad Paradise
Course: Mains
Cuisine: Eastern European

Ingredients

  • 3 whole fish We used “pastrav” which is translated to “trout” but it works really well with “carp”/carp as well
  • Flour mix 3 tbsp plain flour, 3 tbsp cornmeal/maize flour, and 1 tbsp salt
  • Sunflower oil for frying about 1/4-1/3 cup, you can also use vegetable oil

Instructions

  • Make sure the fish has been cleaned (scaled and gutted). Ours had already been cleaned except for the scales. So, we used a knife to descale it.
  • Once scaled and gutted, roll the fish through the flour mixture (plain flour, cornmeal/maize flour, and salt), and lay on a plate, ready for frying.
  • Add a generous amount of oil to a pan over medium heat. Fry the fish for about 5 minutes on one side and then flip and fry it for 5 minutes on the other side. In time, you’ll see a golden-brown coating forming, layering the tender fish in a delicious fried coating.
  • Once your whole fish has fried, lay your fish out on a large plate, ready to serve.
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Author: Doina is a content writer and strategist originally from Chisinau, Moldova. She loves to recreate both dishes from her childhood and foods tried on her travels, in her home kitchen, and is passionate about sharing international cuisines with other foodies through her writing and recipes.

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  • Hey there! We are Dale and Doina, the founders of Nomad Paradise. We traveled full-time for over three years, and while we now have a home base in the U.K., continue to take trips abroad to visit new places and try new cuisines and foods. Our food guides are curated with the guidance of local foodies, and their contribution is indicated under each article. We also cook the foods we try abroad, and you can discover how to make them in our 'recipes from around the world' category.

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