John Dory in White Wine Sauce Recipe

SpotX Wild Foods Recipe from Ken Crossman
Prep:10 minutes Cook:15 minutes Difficulty:1
  • 8 john dory fillets.
  • 8 chopped shallots.
  • 30 grams butter.
  • 1 cup white wine.
  • ¾ cup water.
  • ½ rind lemon, sliced in fine strips.
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot.
  • 3 tablespoons cream.
  • Salt and pepper.
  • Heat oven to 180°C.
  • Butter an ovenproof baking dish.
  • Sprinkle shallots over bottom of dish.
  • Lay fish out in baking dish.
  • Season and dot with knobs of butter.
  • Pour in white wine and water.
  • Top with lemon rind and remaining shallots.
  • Cover with foil and cook for 12 minutes.
  • Remove fish to a serving plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
  • Strain contents of oven dish into a saucepan.
  • Boil and stir, reducing by half.
  • Mix arrowroot with a tablespoon of water.
  • Add to sauce, heat, stir and thicken.
  • Add cream and seasoning.
  • Heat through and spoon over fish fillets.

John Dory
John Dory Ask most anglers to list their ‘top five’ table fish and it is a safe bet the majority will include john dory.
While it might not win too many beauty contests with its angular, extendable jaw, the john dory is popular with those who do the cooking and those doing the fish eating in any angling household.
It has a fine flesh that is both firm and flavoursome. Filleting and skinning it can be something of a mission, but the effort is well worthwhile. John dory is not a scavenger like snapper; it is a hunter. It relies on stealth and concealment, waiting for dinner to swim its way before extending its jaws and ‘sucking’ its prey in.

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