Poached Perch

If you’re looking for a fish dish with a difference, that’s tasty and healthy then why not try Pamela’s Poached Perch.

Poached Perch, Recipe

If you’re looking for a fish dish with a difference, that’s tasty and healthy then why not try Pamela’s Poached Perch.

Serves four

For the salsa:
1/2 cup diced tomato
3 tablespoons minced shallots
3 tablespoons capers
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Coarse salt and freshly ground white pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 spring onion

For the fish:
4 x 200g pieces of Perch fillet
Coarse salt and freshly ground white pepper
Olive oil for poaching
Zest of 1 lemon
To finish:
2/3 cup chopped red onion
2 large garlic cloves, minced
3 cups of baby spinach
Coarse sea salt


For the salsa:
1.Stir the tomato, shallots, cornichons, capers, olive oil, vinegar, and lemon juice together in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Leave it at room temperature for 2 hours. (Or better, cover and refrigerate overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving.)

For the fish:
1. Forty-five minutes to 1 hour before cooking, season the perch on both sides with salt and pepper. Refrigerate.
2. Heat the oven to 175 degrees.
3. Put the fish in an ovenproof skillet large enough to hold it without crowding. Pour in enough olive oil to cover the fish, then take the fish out and set aside on a plate. Add the lemon zest to the oil and heat it to about 125 degrees (warm enough to feel hot but not burn when you stick your finger in it; or just use a thermometer). Return the fish to the skillet, cover, and slide the pan into the oven. Poach the fish for 25 minutes.
4. Just before serving, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spoon in 2 tablespoons of the oil from the fish and add the onion. Saute, stirring often, until the onion softens, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Add the spinach and saute, stirring constantly, until the spinach wilts. Season it with salt and scrape it into a strainer to drain.
5. Stir the tarragon, parsley, and scallion into the salsa.
6. Make a bed of spinach on each of four dinner plates. Remove the fish from the oil with a fish spatula and blot it dry with paper towels. Set it on the spinach. Spoon some salsa onto each piece of fish and around the plates. Serve immediately.


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