UPPER CRUST FARE
What’s cooking today: Roasted fish fillets with a pistachio crumb
I cooked fillets of fish topped with a pistachio and parsley crumb, using raw pistachios. You can make it within half an hour.
Use a firm white fish for this, such as kingklip, dorado, or kabeljou if you can source the sustainable aquaculture-farmed variety. The pistachios should not be crushed so much that they become dust; let them retain a good bit of crunch for the best effect.
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2 firm white fish fillets, skin on
100 g natural unsalted raw (green) pistachios, chopped finely
Handful parsley, finely chopped
Coarsely ground black pepper
1 slice of day-old seeded brown bread, crumbled
Salt to taste
Chop the pistachios fairly finely; they should be partly small crumbs and partly pistachio “dust”. Use a broad board, as the pistachios will do a merry dance while you’re chopping them. And use a heavy chef’s knife. And be careful.
Chop the parsley and crumble the bread.
Combine crumbled pistachios, breadcrumbs and parsley in a bowl, grind in some black pepper and a little salt, and stir well.
Preheat the oven to 170℃.
Remove any pin bones, taking care not to break the flesh.
Melt butter and add olive oil on a moderate heat until foaming and slightly browned.
Season fillets on both sides. Fry fillets skin side down for about 5 minutes, then transfer the pan to a preheated 170℃ oven for 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven. Spoon on the crumb generously, drizzle with olive oil and return to the oven to roast for another 10 minutes. I served them with blanched green beans and sliced courgettes sautéed in olive oil, seasoned simply with salt and pepper. DM/TGIFood
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