Ajwain Seed-Spiced Fish Skewers with Cucumber Salad

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These tender, flaky fish skewers are spiced with the fragrance of Ajwain Seeds, savouriness of Asafoetida, the slight hum of Paprika Hot, and grilled to perfection!

Marinating the fish ahead of grilling not only penetrates it with loads of flavor, but the spices and acid in the marinade helps to tenderize the meat before hitting the searing hot grill. On the same turn, by steeping the salad in the dressing ahead of serving, the acid and salt remove the acrid burn from the red onion, and the cucumber slightly softens and pickles.

I like to serve these with a dollop of Greek yoghurt and maybe some rice or potatoes on the side, but you can easily have these on their own with the salad.

To learn more about using Ajwain Seeds, check out our blog here.

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  1. Cut your fish into 3cm chunks, pat dry, and set aside while you prepare your marinade. In a bowl, combine your spices, garlic, 2tsp of dijon mustard, 1tbsp apple cider vinegar, yoghurt, and a good glug of olive oil. Add your fish pieces in, toss to coat, and place covered in the fridge to marinate for at least 30 mins.

  2. While in the fish marinates, place your skewers in water to soak to avoid them burning when cooking.

    For the dressing – put your remaining mustard, apple cider vinegar, sugar, a pinch of salt and pepper, and a good glug of olive oil, and whisk to combine and emulsify.

    Add your cucumber and onion into a bowl along with your dressing and toss to coat. Set aside.

  3. Remove your fish from the fridge and thread the pieces onto your skewers. Place a pan, griddle, or BBQ on med-high heat. When hot, add a drizzle of olive oil in and cook your skewers in batches for about 2-3 mins on each side. They’re cooked when they’re opaque and flaky inside.

    Transfer to a plate, squeeze lemon all over, and set aside to rest.

  4. Before serving, toss your mint leaves through your cucumber salad, serve alongside your fish skewers, and a dollop of yoghurt, and enjoy!

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