Hot marinated lemon sole with pickled onions and grapes

Hot marinated lemon sole with pickled onions and grapes

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Serves
2 as a main course

The most common hot marinated dish is the classic escabeche, which I adore. The technique works well with lots of fish – you just need to get the balance of acidity and heat right. As lemon sole fillets are thin, they are well suited, because they readily take on the acidity of the marinade and ‘cook’ quickly. Megrim sole and small plaice are equally suitable. This is a great dish for two, but you can easily double or triple the quantities to serve more.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 lemon sole, scaled and filleted, about 500 g each

For the pickling marinade

Quantity Ingredient
olive oil, for cooking
12 baby white onions, peeled and left whole
2 celery sticks, de-stringed (with a peeler) and finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, halved and germ removed, finely chopped
1 green chilli, halved, deseeded and finely chopped
1 rosemary sprig, leaves picked and finely chopped
400 g tin cannellini or other white beans, drained
75ml verjus
100ml white wine
250ml see method for ingredients
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

To assemble and serve

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon chopped chives
1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
20 red seedless grapes, halved
a drizzle extra virgin olive oil

Method

  1. To prepare the pickling marinade, heat a large saucepan over a medium heat and add a generous drizzle of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the baby onions and cook for 4–5 minutes, turning occasionally to colour evenly.
  2. When the onions are nice and golden, add the celery, garlic, chilli and rosemary, and cook for 2 minutes. Add the white beans to the pan and cook for another 2 minutes, then add the verjus and cook for a further 2 minutes. Pour in the wine and stock, bring to the boil and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat.
  3. Lay the lemon sole fillets in a dish large enough to hold the fish flat and level. Bring the marinade back to a simmer, then carefully pour it over the fish. Leave to stand for 10 minutes.
  4. Just before serving, scatter the chives, parsley and grapes over the fish and finish with a drizzle of olive oil over the top.
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