Basa Fish and Griddled Halloumi Cheese

Basa fish is a delicate white fish that is very cheap and simple to cook. I like to team this up with a fresh peppery salad for flavour and to impart some extra vitamins and minerals and the griddled Halloumi cheese provides extra protein plus a tasty crunchy texture. This super quick fish dish is great for lunches and for a light supper.

Serves 2
4 basa fillets (I used small ones so 2 each)
aluminium foil
juice of 1 lemon
Maldon sea salt
freshly ground peppercorns
glug of olive oil
handful fresh flat leaf parsley
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1/2 pack l halloumi cheese sliced 1/4 inch thick
mixed salad leaves ( I like peppery rocket, watercress and spinach)
Cherry tomatoes halved
celery chunks
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
mix together and drizzle over salad

To cook
Preheat oven to 180c/350F/gas mark 4
Cut a piece of foil large enough to make a packet for the fish. Place fish in centre and squeeze on lemon juice, pinch of sea salt and a few grinds of pepper, glug of olive oil and then the freshly ripped herbs. Seal foil around the fish to make a secure packet (this helps keep the fish moist). Place in oven for around 25 minutes. Check to make it is piping hot & thoroughly cooked before serving.
Take medium sized frying pan and heat it over a medium/high heat. Let it get hot ( no oil is required) and then place slices of halloumi cheese on to it. The cheese will release some moisture and then start to brown. Turn them over and dry cook until they are golden brown on each side. Set to one side ready for placement upon salad.
Prepare salad and place on plate. Place halloumi cheese over the top. Gently place the fish on and spoon over the juices.
Finally drizzle dressing over salad and serve.
Very delicious accompanied by a large glass of cold white wine too!