March 10, 2022

South Australian flavours with Chef Karena Armstrong

EatDrink Local SA asked Karena Armstrong, Salopian Inn’s Directory of Culinary Delights and Co-Festival Director of Tasting Australia, to pick a favourite South Australian ingredient and create a special recipe for EatDrink Local SA and SALIFE.

Salopian Inn McLaren Vale Photo: John Krüger


Coorong Mullet + Summer Flavours
6 double butterfly fillets Coorong Mullet
100ml Olive oil

200g tomatillo
50ml South Australian olive oil
¼ brown onion
2 garlic cloves
1 bunch coriander
2 green chillies
2 limes, zested and juiced

500g zucchini or squash (with flowers if available)
12 cherry tomato or 2 large heirloom tomatoes
1 lemon
¼ red shallot
½ bunch basil
½ bunch coriander
100g raw almonds, roasted and chopped

To finish
100g Fleurieu Milk Company Greek Yoghurt
50ml South Australian extra virgin olive oil


To make the salsa, roughly chop all the ingredients and add to a high-speed blender. Puree until very smooth and set aside.

To prepare the salad, slice the zucchini, tomato and red onion. (Slice everything very finely with a sharp knife or mandolin slicer so the texture doesn’t interrupt your enjoyment of this fabulous fish!) Set aside.

Wash the herbs and pick the leaves. Add the leaves to your salad. The stems of the herbs can also be finely sliced and added into the fresh tomatillo salsa.

To prepare the fish, pat the skin side dry with paper towel and season with salt flakes.

Heat a large non-stick frying pan. Add the oil and then place fish skin-side down and cook over a medium heat. When the sides of the fish are crisp and the flesh is largely white, turn the fish over and then immediately remove from the pan. Drain on paper and then transfer to your serving plate. Season the fish with the lime juice, zest and some extra sea salt.

Add some salsa to each piece of fish and then scatter over the salad and roasted almonds. Finish the dish with olive oil and some Fleurieu Milk Company Greek Yoghurt and serve.

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