Seared red mullet with à la Grecque vegetables & basmati pilaf

Seared red mullet with à la Grecque vegetables & basmati pilaf

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Cooking time

Prep: 1 hr, 30 mins Cook: 45 mins

Skill level

For the keen cook


Serves 4

Gordon Ramsay's recipe is a real spring treat and great for practising your technique for preparing fish.

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  1. Using a very sharp filleting knife, make a cut at the head on a slant, then turn the fish and cut under the dorsal (top) fin.
  2. Press the fish down firmly with one hand, bending it slightly along the back so that the flesh is taut. Then slide the knife in at the top of the backbone.
  3. Cut down against the rib cage at a downward slant. Letting the knife do the work, push the tip against the centre of the bone, working your way down to the tail. Turn the fish over and repeat on the other side.
  4. Trim the fillets neatly. Remove the pin bones using your fingernails or tweezers. In the restaurant kitchen, we use a straight-sided potato peeler, hooking the bone head and twisting it out. After filleting and pin-boning, pat dry (do not rinse or you’ll lose flavour).
  5. Thinly slice the shallots, garlic and carrots. Quarter and core the fennel then slice the fennel quarters as thinly as you can – use a mandolin, if possible.
  6. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a sauté frying pan and fry the vegetables together for 5 mins with the saffron, cardamom and bay leaf.
  7. Add 2 tbsp oil and continue cooking for 5 mins. Season well, remove from the heat and stir in the tomatoes, vinegar, 3 tbsp oil, and coriander.
  8. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a non-stick frying pan and, when hot, lay in the fillets, skin-side down. Season and cook for 2 mins, then carefully turn and cook for 1-2 mins – but no more, the flesh should be slightly undercooked. Remove from the heat.
  9. Tip half the vegetables into a shallow dish, lay the fillets on top, then cover with the remaining vegetables.
  10. Leave to marinate for 10 mins before serving warm. Prepare up to this point up to 1 day ahead and keep in the fridge. Bring to room temperature before serving.
  11. Soak the rice in cold water for 5 mins, then drain well and tip into a bowl. Mix in the grated zests. Add all the spices. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Make a cartouche (see tip below).
  12. Heat oil in an ovenproof casserole, then sauté onion for 5 mins. Add rice and wine, boil until evaporated, then add the stock. Bring to the boil.
  13. Top with the cartouche and a well-fitting lid. Bake for 20 mins, then take out of the oven, uncover, fork the grains, re-cover. Leave to stand for 5 mins, then serve.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2006

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jennypugh's picture

Delicious! Filled the kitchen with lovely aromas and tasted lovely. I started with the rice however, thus ensuring everything was ready at the same time.

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This is the second Gordon Ramsey recipe that I have been thrilled with. The first was that delicious pork pie at Christmas. I did not have red mullet but live only 2 miles from the sea and was lucky enough to find a fisherman yesterday morning that had caught grey mullet. It was very very tastey indeed and a snip of a bargain at £1.50 per fish. Two large fish fed 6 people and left enough to keep my 4 cats very happy. Thank you Mr. Ramsey I shall be looking at your recipes now for Sea Bass as that is starting to come closer into our local shoreline at the moment as is mackerel.