Prawn-stuffed flatfish

stuffed flatfish

Serves 4

  • 1.2 - 1.5 kg flatfish, such as flounder, lemon or Dover sole, plaice turbot or brill, or 4x200g, from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger

  • 2 medium onions, peeled and finely sliced

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely grated

  • cayenne pepper

  • 1 lemon

  • 250 g raw prawns, from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger, peeled

  • olive oil

  • 1 splash white wine

  • 1 small bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley

Preheat your oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. If you look at the head and the tail of your fish, more often than not there's a secret line between them that the Big Man upstairs has drawn. Using this as your guide, carefully cut into one side of the line near the head, push down gently, angle the tip-end of your knife towards the bone and score between the flesh and the bone to peel away that beautiful fish fillet. Run the knife down to just above the tail and part the fillet from the bone – about 4 to 5cm deep on both sides. Even if you don't get it perfect, you'll be stuffing this pocket with prawns so no one will know if your knife work was a bit shabby.



Get a roasting tray that snugly fits your fish and sprinkle your finely sliced onions around the base of the tray. Season both sides of your fish with salt and pepper and lay it on top of the onions. Try to sweep most of the onions under the fish so they sweeten as they cook.



Add a pinch of salt and pepper, the grated garlic and a pinch of cayenne to the olive oil, then grate over the zest of half your lemon. Toss the peeled prawns through this mixture until nicely coated, then stuff them loosely inside the fish, pouring over any flavoured oil left behind in the bowl. Before putting it into the oven drizzle over some olive oil and a splash of white wine, then halve your lemon and add both halves to the tray. Adjust the cooking time depending on the size of your fish: a large fish will want 25 minutes, 2 small fish about 12 minutes. You'll know it's beautifully cooked when the flesh flakes away from the bone.



Finely chop your parsley leaves and sprinkle them over the fish once it's out of the oven. Squeeze over the juices from your roasted lemon halves, and serve. I like to put this in the middle of the table with something propping up one end of the tray so that the delicious milky juices run out of the fish and mingle with the olive oil and lemon juices at one end of the tray. Spoon this over clumps of your fish and prawns, and anything else you're serving it with, like new potatoes, mash or simple steamed greens – it will taste wonderful.



Wine suggestion:

Austrian dry white – a dry Grüner Veltliner

Nutritional Information

Prawn-stuffed flatfish

A brilliantly simple way to jazz up lemon sole, plaice or turbot

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This flatfish recipe keeps the flavours simple with a fish's best friends – fresh herbs and lemon
Serves 4
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Not too tricky
Method

I think this is a really simple way to make a lovely flatfish like flounder, lemon sole, plaice, turbot or brill look, and taste, really exciting. If you want to, you can ask your fishmonger to run a knife down the back of the fish and make a pocket for you to stuff. If not, it's dead easy to do at home. If you need some guidance, check out a video of how to stuff a flatfish. Once you've tried it this way you can stuff the fish with whatever you fancy: lobster or crabmeat, small fish, herbs, tomatoes . . . just let your imagination go wild! Getting a nice big fish isn't hard, but you might want to order it in advance from your fishmonger. It's equally delicious with individual portions though, so look at this as a principle as well as a recipe.

Preheat your oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. If you look at the head and the tail of your fish, more often than not there's a secret line between them that the Big Man upstairs has drawn. Using this as your guide, carefully cut into one side of the line near the head, push down gently, angle the tip-end of your knife towards the bone and score between the flesh and the bone to peel away that beautiful fish fillet. Run the knife down to just above the tail and part the fillet from the bone – about 4 to 5cm deep on both sides. Even if you don't get it perfect, you'll be stuffing this pocket with prawns so no one will know if your knife work was a bit shabby.

Get a roasting tray that snugly fits your fish and sprinkle your finely sliced onions around the base of the tray. Season both sides of your fish with salt and pepper and lay it on top of the onions. Try to sweep most of the onions under the fish so they sweeten as they cook.

Add a pinch of salt and pepper, the grated garlic and a pinch of cayenne to the olive oil, then grate over the zest of half your lemon. Toss the peeled prawns through this mixture until nicely coated, then stuff them loosely inside the fish, pouring over any flavoured oil left behind in the bowl. Before putting it into the oven drizzle over some olive oil and a splash of white wine, then halve your lemon and add both halves to the tray. Adjust the cooking time depending on the size of your fish: a large fish will want 25 minutes, 2 small fish about 12 minutes. You'll know it's beautifully cooked when the flesh flakes away from the bone.

Finely chop your parsley leaves and sprinkle them over the fish once it's out of the oven. Squeeze over the juices from your roasted lemon halves, and serve. I like to put this in the middle of the table with something propping up one end of the tray so that the delicious milky juices run out of the fish and mingle with the olive oil and lemon juices at one end of the tray. Spoon this over clumps of your fish and prawns, and anything else you're serving it with, like new potatoes, mash or simple steamed greens – it will taste wonderful.

Wine suggestion:
Austrian dry white – a dry Grüner Veltliner

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:
  • Calories 445 22%
  • Carbs 5.0g 2%
  • Sugar 3.4g 4%
  • Fat 26.0g 37%
  • Saturates 14.0g 70%
  • Protein 47.4g 105%
Of an adult woman's guideline daily amount

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BUYING SUSTAINABLY SOURCED FISH

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Buying sustainably sourced fish means buying fish that has been caught without endangering the levels of fish stocks and with the protection of the environment in mind. Wild fish caught in areas where stocks are plentiful are sustainably sourced, as are farmed fish that are reared on farms proven to cause no harm to surrounding seas and shores.

When buying either wild or farmed fish, ask whether it is sustainably sourced. If you're unable to obtain this information, don't be afraid to shop elsewhere – only by shopping sustainably can we be sure that the fantastic selection of fish we enjoy today will be around for future generations.

For further information about sustainably sourced fish, please refer to the useful links below:

Marine Stewardship Council
http://www.msc.org/

Fish Online
http://www.fishonline.org

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