Grilled dab with garlic butter

Grilled dab with garlic butter

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 2

Dab is a sustainable flat fish similar to sole or plaice - James Martin serves it whole with garlic butter

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal643
  • fat33g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs3g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre3g
  • protein83g
  • salt1.8g
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  • 4 whole dabs, dark skin scored
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 50g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • juice ½ lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • small bunch parsley, finely chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 250g bag spinach



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…


  1. Heat the grill to high. Cut the frills away from the sides of the dabs using scissors. Lay the fish on a baking tray, dark skin up, drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with some sea salt. Place under a hot grill for 5 mins, until cooked through and the flesh comes away from the bone when prodded.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a frying pan until it starts to turn brown, then add the garlic and cook until it just starts to change colour. Remove the pan from the heat, add the lemon juice and parsley, stir together and set aside.

  3. Wilt the spinach in a hot pan with a splash of water, then divide between 2 plates. Place 2 dabs on top of the spinach on each plate, drizzle with the butter sauce and serve.

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6th Mar, 2012
The garlic, lemon and parlsey butter is absolutely delicious. And dab is actually a very nice fish too, you get a lot for your money! I would recommend two per person, or one whopper as I got, as there isn't too much meat on just one normal one. Nice delicate flavour... but don't make the same mistake I did, I thought by 'whole' it meant 'whole' like a chicken that has had the guts taken out... only eat the white stuff, the pink squishy stuff is something else!! Haha!
24th Jan, 2012
24th Jan, 2012
sole = lenguado (dab not available in Spain)
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13th Dec, 2016
Absolutely delicious. I topped ours with garlic mushrooms mixed with the parsley and lemon zest. Quick, easy and very, very filling. Now I've discovered dab this is going to be a mid-week regular for us.
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