My favourite dishes are the simplest ones, and this is a very easy fish recipe. What can be better than a beautifully grilled Dover Sole? Please ensure you source your fish responsibly, so you protect the future of our marine aquaculture and the livelihood of our fishermen. Dover sole (or king of the soles) has a crisp white flesh, firm to the touch and an almost sweet taste. But we all know that sole is expensive, so you could always replace it with plaice or megrim sole. But as the fish is cooked so simply, it is crucial that you get the very freshest fish you can find. The smoked paprika and lemon butter can be made a few days ahead and frozen, tightly wrapped in cling film.
For the butter:
Butter, unsalted, room temperature
Red chilli, finely-chopped
For the fish:
Dover Soles (350 -450g each), dark skin peeled off and fins trimmed, (ask your fishmonger to do this for you)
Plain flour for dusting
Sea salt and black pepper
Making the chilli butter:
Mix together the butter, finely chopped chilli, paprika and lemon juice. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Lay out a square of cling film and top with the mixed butter. Wrap and shape the butter in the cling film to form a sausage and tie up each end.
Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to harden or keep in the freezer.
Cooking the Fish:
One hour before, remove your fish from the fridge and firmly pat the fish dry to remove as much surface moisture as possible. This will stop it from sticking to the grill bars and help give it a lovely golden crust.
Preheat the oven to 180ºC and char-grill on to full heat.
Lightly dust your fish with the flour and pat off the excess. Season lightly with sea salt and black pepper.
Cooking the Fish cont...
Gently lay the fish onto the grill and leave for one minute on each side. Place onto a lightly buttered oven tray and finish cooking in the oven for 8 – 10 minutes.
By marking the fish on a high heat, you will get a smokey char-grilled flavour, and you can gently finish cooking the fish in the oven. If you cooked the fish completely on the grill, it will become tough, dry out and burn the skin. It is also less likely to stick.
Remove from the oven, straight onto a serving dish and top with the chilli butter and wedges of lemon. Allow your guests to help themselves.
THIS RECIPE IS ADAPTED FROM THE BOOK KITCHEN SECRETS
Raymond’s love of delicious food is lifelong. Years of experience have given him a rich store of knowledge and the skill to create fantastic dishes that work time after time. With a range of achievable and inspirational recipes for cooks of all abilities - and useful tips throughout - this book brings Gallic passion and precision into the home kitchen.