Fish al Fresho

Fish Al Fresco Lunch
Fish Al Fresho Lunch

This was a lovely, light and tasty lunch I often make at work using leftover fish fillets. The salad is in the morning and left it in the marinade to rest in the fridge for 3+ hours making the most of the veg from my FIL’s garden as well as mine. Store bought items work just as well if you have them onhand.

The marinade is simple:
one glug of white vinegar
two glugs of olive oil
S&P
fresh parsley

Add to this vegetable medley:
diced white onion
red pepper
diced tomato
diced cucumber

Cover and chill until time to serve with the fish.

That’s it, that’s all. Not much magic to make it, but people will think there is when they taste it. It looks so pretty, no?

Stuffed Baked Fish

Recently we went to Red Lobster for dinner, and I rediscovered my love of their stuffed baked sole. It’s amazing in its simplicity and its overall presentation. The dish itself is nothing more than two small fillets stacked upon each other with a filling layer between them – much like a sandwich. It’s a baked dish that’s topped with smoked paprika near the end of the bake cycle, and topped with lovely white wine sauce plated.

Stuffed Baked Fish
Stuffed Baked Fish served with banged-up roasted potatoes

I’ve ordered this dish a couple of times before when dining at Red Lobster now. I always remember it being so tasty, and this time round was no exception. I have now taken to making it at home on random Sundays. It makes for a lovely lunch or dinner meal. I highly recommend trying this dish. It’s a winner, even to those who aren’t big on fish, for several reasons.

1. It’s versatile in terms of the the kind of whitefish you use. Any whitefish will do, really. I use whatever we have on hand, and it’s never guaranteed to be the same two times in a row.

2. The filling can be made up of anything you have on hand or dream up – the choice is yours how fancy or how simple you make it.

3. The sauce can be a lovely white sauce, salsa, vegetable ragout, or nothing at all – your choice. Go nuts. 🙂

The version I normally make uses haddock fillets with a lovely ricotta filling topped with some fettuccine sauce over top, but this last one I didn’t bother with the sauce. I wanted a light lunch to carry me over the afternoon to dinner a few hours later.

Filling for 2-4 servings:
1/2 C ricotta (low fat will work well)
S&P to taste
1/8 C diced red peppers
2 tsp fresh lime juice
1/4 C chopped parsley

This knock-off version of the Red Lobster’s Broccoli Stuffed Sole from AllRecipes.com uses ingredients like rice and broccoli which is perfectly in line with Red Losbster’s ingredient list, but again I used what I have on hand, and the last time I made this I didn’t feel like making rice and I was also out of broccoli, so I went the rustic route.

It was delicious. And very filling. The whitefish fillets I buy tend to be very long, so I could have easily cut the final fish in half and fed four instead of two. This is a fantastic recipe to add to your weekly repertoire. You can easily make it up the night before or in the morning, and pop it in the oven when you get home from work the next night. Give it a go!