The fish doctor’s stew — with black pepper, lemon zest and mint

The fish doctor’s stew — with black pepper, lemon zest and mint

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New Middle Eastern Food
Serves
4
Photographer
Mark Roper

This dish was inspired by a wonderful meal that we enjoyed at Doğa Balik, a seafood restaurant in Istanbul. The original version included turbot and sea bass, but you could also choose a selection of baby snapper, john dory, whiting or black bream. Cooking the fish on the bone adds incomparably to the flavour of the finished dish.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 x 400-500g whole baby snapper, cleaned
2 x 300g whole whiting, cleaned
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
50ml extra-virgin olive oil
2 large onions, very finely diced
2 garlic cloves, very finely diced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried mint
3 bay leaves
long piece zest from 1 lemon
few sprigs thyme
1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes
250ml good-quality chicken stock
snipped baby chives, to serve

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to its highest temperature.
  2. To prepare each snapper, cut away the head just below the gills. Snip off the side fins and cut the fish in half crosswise through the bone. To prepare each whiting, cut away the head, then cut the body into three pieces crosswise through the bone. Season the fish well with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat the oil gently in a heavy-based casserole dish. Add the onion and garlic and sweat very gently for a few minutes until they start to soften. Add the oregano, mint and bay leaves, zest and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, then cook over a low heat for another 5 minutes. Lay the pieces of fish on top of the onion mixture, then sprinkle on the thyme and red chilli flakes. Add the stock and transfer to the very hot oven. Cook for 8 minutes, which should be long enough to colour the fish and just cook it through. Remove the pan from the oven, sprinkle with baby chives and take it to the table straight away.
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Malouf
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