Pronounce it: ter-bot

A large saltwater flatfish, turbot is unlikely to ever win any aquatic beauty contests. With lumpy brown skin and a tiny head, a turbot could only be loved by its mother, but it makes up for this with its delicious delicate white flesh. It is expensive to buy and should be cooked gently without other overpowering flavours.

Read more about responsible fishing at Seafish and Marine Stewardship Council.

Choose the best

Choose turbot with creamy-white flesh. Ignore fish with a blue tinge or fatty flesh.

Prepare it

Turbot is easiest to cook when filleted- ask your fishmonger to do this. Reserve the bones to make fish stock.

Cook it

Turbot can simply be poached in white wine or grilled and served with a squeeze of lemon.


Try plaice or lemon sole.

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