Sophisticated fish dinner in 20 mins

This one-pot recipe is based on the ‘sophisticated sea bass’ recipe from the excellent new Mumsnet cookbook Top Bananas! (see my full review of the book here I have simplified it slightly, and you can use any white fish if you’d rather not buy expensive sea bass.

Mumsnet sophisticated sea bass

The sauce only has a few ingredients but the result is an impressive, unmistakably Mediterranean tasting dish that makes a quick evening meal – a ‘dinner winner’ as Mumsnet says! The white wine instantly adds a sweet, classy flavour. Serve with a green salad.

Sophisticated fish dinner (serves 4 adults)

3 large ripe tomatoes, chopped, or small bag of cherry tomatoes
2 garlic cloves, crushed/chopped
2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tsp dried chilli flakes or 1 fresh chilli, chopped
125ml white wine
4 white fish fillets (any should work – I used river cobbler as it is cheap!)

Heat some olive oil in a frying pan. Add the garlic, parsley and chilli and cook for 2 mins. Add the tomatoes and mash in to the sauce so they soften and the seeds mix in. Add the wine and let the sauce simmer for a few mins. Season, reduce the heat and place the fish, skin-side up, in the pan. Cook for 5 – 10 mins until the fish is cooked through, turning over if necessary.

Serve the fish with the sauce over the top and a green salad on the side.


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