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8 Lampuki recipes you need to try before they’re out of season 🐟

8 Lampuki recipes you need to try before they’re out of season 🐟

Hey, lampuki fans! It’s your time to shine. Lampuki, also known as dorado or mahi-mahi, are currently in season in Malta and they are probably one of the most-loved fish here. 🤩

There are a few traditional ways to cook it, but we’ve also thought of some other non-traditional methods to cook lampuki. So if you love this fish, get your cooking gear ready and try out at least one of these lampuki recipes! 🐟

Lampuki pie

This is definitely one of the more traditional ways to cook lampuki. Onion, garlic, olives, capers, carrots, tomato paste, parsley and basil are the basics that you need for your lampuki pie filling. You can also add other vegetables and seasonings if you like. 🥧

Cook everything together in a pan and let any liquids reduce well, prepare your pastry in a dish and add your filling, and bake until beautifully golden brown! 😋

Pulpetti tal-lampuki (Lampuki fritters)

One of my favourite traditional Maltese dishes is pulpetti tal-corned beef. So I thought, why not try them out with lampuki instead? 🤷

Cook your lampuki in some lemon juice and herbs and break it down into flakes (deboned). Then mix the lampuki with cooked potatoes, minced garlic, parsley, 2 beaten eggs and some grated cheese to hold everything together, and pan-fry until golden brown. 🤤

Lampuki tartare or carpaccio

The best way to enjoy the taste of fresh fish is to eat it raw. It’s refreshing and absolutely delicious! Just a drizzle of lemon juice or a dressing with an acidic element pairs beautifully with raw fish. A nice plate of lampuki tartare or lampuki carpaccio would be a perfect way to end lampuki season. 😌

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Pan-fried or baked lampuki

Pan-fried or baked are both popular methods of cooking lampuki in Malta. This recipe for fried lampuki by Ch-Eat definitely does the job well, and you can use the same ingredients to bake the fish in the oven instead! ✌️

Lampuki ravioli

Lampuki ravioli can be easily done with the same filling as the lampuki pie, without the vegetables. However, if you prefer a less tomato-ey mixture, you can opt for a mix of finely chopped lampuki, capers, and mint, mixed with some lemon juice and lemon zest. Some finely chopped cherry tomatoes can also be a nice addition to the mixture, and an egg can help to hold everything together. 🍅

The ravioli dough can be done by mixing equal parts of flour and semolina with water and rolling it out thinly. 🥟

Fish & chips style lampuki

This one’s a British-meets-Maltese kind of recipe. ‘Fish and chips’ is a dish loved by many, so to amp it up a bit and give it a Maltese twist, use lampuki! Try this crispy beer batter recipe for deep-fried fish and serve it alongside some crispy fries, made using local potatoes, and tartar sauce. 😍

Pasta with lampuki sauce

Pasta makes everything better, and everything tastes better with pasta. You can use the same ingredients used for the lampuki pie (minus the extra veggies, if you add any, so it’s not overloaded) and add some tomato sauce to mix it up with some spaghetti. 🍝

If you prefer a simpler sauce, pan-fry some lampuki pieces in butter, add minced garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, and some chilli flakes if you like a bit of spice. Mix in the pasta and some pasta water and you’re good to go! 👌

Lampuki tacos

A modern way to serve lampuki is by making lampuki tacos. Instead of the traditional tomato-based mixture, the taco filling can include a mix of thinly sliced cabbage and carrots, together with fresh, chopped tomatoes and raw onions. Top it up with a dollop of sour cream or mayo and a squeeze of lemon juice and enjoy! 🌮

Which lampuki recipe will you be trying out? Or do you have any other go-to recipes for this beloved fish? Let us know in the comments! 👇

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