Thursday, October 27, 2011

October 19: Lemon and Brown Butter Fish Fillets with Seared Red and Yellow Grape Tomatoes

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 pint red grape tomatoes
1/2 pint yellow grape tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
   Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 6-ounce tilapia, skate, or Dover sole fillets
   All-purpose flour, for dredging
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
   Juice of 1 lemon
   Crusty bread

Preheat a large skillet over high heat with 2 tablespoons of the EVOO. Add the grape tomatoes in an even layer and let them sear for 2 minutes without moving them.

Add half of the parsley and season with salt and pepper, then continue to cook for 1 to 2 more minutes, or until all of the tomatoes start to burst. Remove them from the pan to a plate and cover with some aluminum foil to keep warm.

Thoroughly wipe out the skillet and return to the cooktop over medium-high heat. Season the fish with salt and pepper and then dredge in the flour. Add the remainin 2 tablespoons EVOO to the skillet. Once the oil is hot, shake the excess flour from the fish and add to the skillet. Cook the fish for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, or until firm to the touch and cooked through. once cooked, transfer the fish to a serving platter and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

Wipe the skillet clean again and return to the cooktop over medium-high heat. Melt the butter; but keep your eye on it. It will go from melted to brown pretty quickly. Once the butter is brown and smells slighly nutty, add the lemon juice and the remaining parsley.

Pour the brown butter over the fish and then top with the seared grape tomatoes. Serve with crusty bread, for mopping.


This recipe was very good. It was a great way to cook fish and the tomatoes were very tasty. My crusty bread was a little to old, so I didn't eat it, but we had cookies for dessert, so it worked out. I used all red tomatoes, because, like I said, I really don't think there is such a thing as yellow tomatoes (I've never seen them anyway).

1 comment:

  1. Yes, there are yellow tomatoes. they are sweeter than reds. But I like both. I haven't seen the yellow tomatoes so much in the west as when I live in Indiana. We always grew red and yellow tomatoes. Try them some time, you might like them.