Elopidae are a family of ray-finned fish containing the single genus Elops. They are commonly known as ladyfish, skipjacks or jack-rashes. Ladyfish are coastal-dwelling and found throughout the tropical and subtropical regions, occasionally venturing into temperate waters. Spawning takes place at sea, and the fish larvae migrate inland, entering brackish waters. Ladyfish is low in saturated fat and high in omega-3, which protects against cholesterol and heart disease. It is a great source of protein. A recent study has suggested that omega-3 fatty acids can help protect the eyesight of those suffering from age-related macular degeneration.

Now, for a recipe.

Masala Grilled Ladyfish

Ladyfish: 4 fillets

Red chilli powder: 1 tbsp

Turmeric powder: half tsp

Refined oil: 1 tbsp

Ginger-garlic paste: half tsp

Lemon juice: 5 ml

Salt to taste

Curry leaves, chopped: half tsp

Method: To prepare the marinade, mix all ingredients, except oil and fish, in a bowl. Add fish fillets to the marinade. Keep it aside for five minutes. Heat griddle on medium to high heat. Apply oil to the griddle and put a fillet on it. Cook each side for two minutes. Check, if done. Take it off the griddle. Fry all fillets similarly. Serve with grilled vegetables.

Uttam Singh Sajwan is Jr Sous Chef at Vivanta by Taj – Fisherman’s Cove