Plaice in a hot vinaigrette

Plaice in a hot vinaigrette

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins - 20 mins


Serves 4
This healthy fish dish makes for a tasty midweek meal

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal209
  • fat11g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein25g
  • salt0.44g


  • 4 large plaice fillets, about 140g/5oz each
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
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  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 leeks, washed, trimmed and shredded into very thin strips



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 1 lemon, plus wedges to serve



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  1. Get grilling: Preheat the grill to High. Lay the plaice fillets, skin-side down, on an oiled baking sheet, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and drizzle with 1 tbsp of the oil. Grill the fish for 2-3 minutes (no need to turn).

  2. Make the vinaigrette: While the plaice is grilling, heat the remaining oil in a small frying pan. Add the garlic and leeks and fry over a gentle heat until soft and golden. Squeeze in the juice from the lemon, then take the pan off the heat. Remove the fish from under the grill and arrange on plates. Using a slotted spoon, top the fish with the garlic and leeks. Heat the vinaigrette for a further minute until piping hot, then pour it over the fish and finish with a good grinding of black pepper. Serve with lemon wedges and boiled new potatoes.

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14th May, 2019
Delicious, works with any kind of fish as well! I like to fry the leeks for a little longer with shallot and garlic as well to make them really soft
26th Jun, 2017
I loved this although I slightly changed the method of cooking. I cooked the plaice (skin side down) in a frying pan with the hot vinaigrette so it absorbed lots of flavour and was ready all at once. Delicious, healthy meal.
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26th May, 2016
Looks like a good recipe and I'm going to try it tonight, but wouldn't it be better to start frying the leeks and garlic before grilling the plaice if that only takes 2-3 minutes?
24th Mar, 2015
I have made this so many times and it is quick and delicious. Daughters like the low calorie count too. Start the leeks in advance of cooking the plaice just to make sure they are ready to plate up the dish.
15th Sep, 2013
This is gorgeous and so quick. Didn't realise you had to make a vinegarette so had it without and it was still lovely.
4th Nov, 2012
I added some parsley. Very good, will definitely make this again.
11th Oct, 2012
Loved it. Simple, tasty, not high in calories - cant ask for more!
20th Apr, 2011
This was a really nice recipe for a fish that i normally have no idea what to do with! i had some spring onions lying around so i thinly sliced them lengthways and added them to the leeks. I would recommend starting cooking the leeks before you put the fish on.
28th Jul, 2010
Very simple to make and very tasty.
28th Oct, 2009
beautiful, i halved the recipe but still used a whole lemon and throughly enjoyed it


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