I’m not sure how I came across this one, but I did a while back. I was reminded of it because my friend Mee and her boyfriend had some mango papaya salad with fish the other day and nectarines are just beginning to start to come into season in the US. Thanks for reminding me, guys!
Originally, I just kind of threw it together and it turned out to be even more amazing on my tastebuds in real life than in my head. I remember eating this on the lofted patio of my cousin’s amazing mountain-y home last memorial day while sipping some sangria, then going off to soak in the hot tub. The slight floweriness and tang of nectarines works so well with the bright cilantro and spicy habanero peppers. It’s great on fish, as you’ll see below.
Makes 3 servings as a topping for fish. Feel free to double, triple, or even quadruple.
- 1 nectarine, somewhat firm, just starting to ripen up and get soft (too firm will be too sour, too soft will be too mushy). Make sure it smells good!
- 1 habanero pepper, minced (more if you’re a masochist, or substitute jalapenos or anaheims if you’re a wimp. Here I used serranos because they were cheaper, but they weren’t as spicy as I’d like.)
- 1/4 of a red onion, finely diced
- 5 sprigs cilantro, minced
- fresh juice of 1 lime
Combine all of the ingredients, prepared as listed above, in a bowl. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes and stir so that the flavors have a chance to mingle. For the best flavor, let it sit an hour or two, but make sure you use it within 2 days (keep refrigerated).
This is great to serve with a nice light white fish (cod, tilapia) in the summertime, or just to eat with chips while sitting outside. Here I served it with a fresh fillet of cod that I just lightly coated with rice flour and a dusting of curry powder (mostly for color) and pan fried (I used butter, but you could use olive oil) for no more than 10 minutes total. It’s a super quick recipe that seems quite fancy! The key is getting quality ingredients and keeping it simple.
It’s quite healthy, but the flavors in this are so stunning that you won’t notice.