“ Brand: Pataks / Type: Baking Aids „
A couple of weeks ago I bought some of the cheaper pouting fillets from the Morrisons fish counter, the gentleman who served me explained it has quite a bland flesh and suggested I buy some kind of marinade to boost the flavour a little. As soon as he said this I forgot so after defrosting my pouting yesterday I was rummaging in my cupboards looking for something to put on it, the only thing I had in was a sachet of Patak's Coat and Cook in the Spicy Mango variety.
I've used this on chicken and pork in the past but haven't tried it on fish before but thought I'd give it a whirl as it's a lovely marinade that adds a little spice and extra flavour to whatever food you add it to. It comes in a large silver sachet which apparently serves four, this isn't right in my opinion and I could never stretch each sachet beyond two reasonably well coated servings.
The idea of Coat and Cook is that you simply brush or pour the sauce onto the meat and start cooking it straight away, although I like to leave this Spicy Mango one to marinade for an hour to two so that it really infuses into the food to give a rounded and deep flavour.
It's excellent, really delicious. The flavour of the mango is sweet and very authentic, it is fairly spicy and has a wonderful kick as you chew your food. It really dressed up my pouting well and had me wanting to lick the plate afterwards! It's a medium heat marinade which goes as beautifully with fish as it does with chicken, the sauce seems to have soaked through into the flesh of the fish and this makes every single mouth full a delight and so much more exciting than plain fish.
I noticed the marinade does seem to get spicier the more you eat and if you don't like hot foods then this probably isn't one for you, to put the strength of the sauce into context, I cannot eat very spicy foods but can easily manage this Spicy Mango one providing I don't coat the food too thickly in the first place. My granddaughter thinks it's too hot, but then a Korma made with no more than a half teaspoon of spices is too hot for her!
I can't fault this interesting little marinade. A quarter of the sachet contains only 55 calories which makes it easy to fit into my diet, more so now I know how well it works on fish as although I love my cod, haddock etc. I do get a little bored of plain fish so from now on I shall be reaching for Patak's to liven it up! I bought mine from Wilkinson and the sachet cost just 49p which is an absolute bargain for such a delicious and interesting marinade.