Red mullet baked with rosemary and wild garlic

Red mullet baked with rosemary and wild garlic

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British Seafood
Serves
4
Photographer
David Loftus

This is my favourite way to eat red mullet. To me, roasting any fish on the bone makes all the difference to the flavour. Traditionally, whole red mullet are cooked with their innards intact, but I prefer to gut the fish and cook the livers separately – seasoned nicely and wrapped in wild garlic to protect them. When wild garlic is out of season, simply fry the livers with a few whole garlic cloves to lend flavour.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 red mullet, scaled and gutted
8 wild garlic leaves
4 rosemary stems
olive oil, for cooking
100g butter
1 shallot, peeled and chopped
50ml cider
cornish sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Heat your oven to 200°C and put a roasting tray inside to heat up. Wash the red mullet livers, pat dry and season with salt and pepper. Wrap them in the wild garlic leaves.
  2. Score the fish diagonally, making 3 or 4 slashes on each side and insert little sprigs of rosemary into the slashes. Season the fish all over with salt and pepper. Add a drizzle of oil to the roasting tray. Add the remaining rosemary to the tray and place the fish on top, side by side. Dot with the butter and bake for 8–10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a non-stick frying pan, then add a drizzle of oil. When it is hot, add the wrapped fish livers and cook for 1 minute. Flip the liver parcels over, add the shallot and cider to the pan and cook for 1 minute. Remove the wrapped livers and set aside with the fish.
  4. Add a few spoonfuls of the fish cooking juices to the cider and shallots in the pan and heat, stirring to combine and make a dressing.
  5. Place the red mullet and wrapped livers on warmed plates. Pour over the dressing and serve at once, with buttery mashed potatoes.
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