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Whitefish w/ Lemon Vinaigrette


8 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 shallots, thinly sliced

1 large head radicchio (about 12 ounces), coarsely chopped

1 (15-ounce) can cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed

1/3 cup fish broth

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

6 (5 to 6-ounce) whitefish fillets

All-purpose flour, for dredging

Lemon Vinaigrette, recipe follows


Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and saute until tender, about 2 minutes. Add the radicchio and saute until wilted, about 5 minutes. Add the beans and broth, and cook until the beans are heated through, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Season the radicchio mixture, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a 14-inch (or 2 smaller) nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the fillets with salt and pepper. Dredge the fillets in flour to coat completely. Shake off the excess flour and fry 3 fillets in each pan until they are golden brown and just cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.

Spoon the radicchio mixture over the center of the plates. Top with the fillets. Drizzle the vinaigrette over and serve immediately.

Lemon Vinaigrette:

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup lightly packed fresh Italian parsley leaves

2 cloves garlic

2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Blend the lemon juice, parsley, garlic, lemon zest, salt, and pepper in a blender. With the machine running, gradually blend in the oil. Season the vinaigrette, to taste, with more salt and pepper.

Recipe obtained from The Food Network, Giada De Laurentis



1 to 1 1/2 pounds monkfish or catfish

3 pounds littleneck clams or mussels, well washed

1 to 1 1/2 pounds shrimp or scallops, cut into bite size pieces if neccesary

1 to 1 1/2 pounds cod or other delicate white-fleshed fish, cut into 6 large chunks

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 medium onions, roughly chopped

2 navel or other oranges

2 teaspoons fennel seeds

Big pinch of saffron (optional)

1 dried chile, or a pinch of cayenne, to taste

2 cups chopped fresh or canned tomatoes

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley


Put the olive oil in a casserole or large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasioally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, use a vegetable peeler to strip the zest from the oranges. Add the zest, fennel, saffron (if using), and chile and cook about a minute. Add the tomatoes and turn the heat to medium high. When the mixture boils, reduce the heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture becomes saucelike, 10 to 15 minutes. (You can prepare the dish several hours in advance up to this point; cover and set aside until you're ready to eat.)

Add the monkfish and raise the heat to medium-high. When the mixture begins to boil, reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is just about tender, 10 minutes or so. Add the clams, raise the heat to high, and stir; when the mixture boils, reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the clams begin to open. 5 to 10 minutes. Add the shrimp and white fish, stir, and cover; cook, stirring gently once or twice, until the white fish is just about done (a thin bladed knife will pierce it with little resistance), about 5 minutes. (If the mixture is very thick- there should be some broth- add a cup or so of hot water.) Stir in the garlic and cook 1 minute more. Stir in the parsley and serve with some crusty bread. Serves 8.

Recipe obtained from The Minimalist Entertains by Mark Bittman.


Buttermilk delight


2 1/4 pounds any 6 ounce freshwater fish fillets, skinned and cut in half crosswise

2 1/2 cups buttermilk

Vegetable oil

3/4 cup self-rising flour (or all-purpose flour plus 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt)

3/4 cup yellow cornmeal


Place butter milk in medium mixing bowl. Add fish and stir to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 45 minutes. In a deep-fat fryer; heat 2 inches oil to 375 degrees. In a shallow dish, combine flour, cornmeal and onion salt. Drain and discard buttermilk from fish pieces. Dredge fish in flour mixture to coat. In hot oil, fry fish, a few pieces at a time for 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown, turning over once. Drain on paper towel lined plate. Serve with some sort of sauce for dipping (see “Accompaniments” recipe section).

Recipe obtained from America's Favorite Fish Recipes by The Freshwater Angler. Recipe by Elton L. Martelli.

Sweet Pepper Pickled Fish


2 to 3 pounds any fresh water fish fillets, 4 to 6 ounces each, skinned and cut into 1 to 2 inch pieces

8 cups apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup canning or pickling salt

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 tablespoons mixed pickling spices

1/2 cup chopped red pepper

1 large white onion, sliced


In a large glass mixing bowl, combine vinegar and salt. Stir until salt is almost dissolved. Add fish. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 days. With slotted spoon, remove fish from brine. Rinse fish with cold water until rinse water is clear. Reserve 3 cups brine. Cover and chill fish. Pour reserved brine into 4 quart saucepan. Add sugar, spices, and red pepper. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Cool completely. In two 1 quart jars, loosely layer fish and onion. Pour pickling liquid over fish to cover. Seal jars, using two-part sealing lids. Refrigerate 1 week before serving. Store in refrigerator no longer than 4 weeks. Makes 2 quarts.

Recipe obtained from America's Favorite Fish Recipes by The Freshwater Angler

Simple Whitefish with Lemon and Herbs


4 white fish fillets, about 1 1/2 lbs total

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried rosemary or 4 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, crushed

1/4 teaspoon white pepper or 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large lemon, thinly sliced,seeded,end pieces discarded


Preheat oven to 450 F and place a heavy baking sheet in oven to preheat as well. Cut 4 large rectangles of foil or parchment paper and place a fish fillet in the center of each piece. Combine remaining ingredients except lemon slices in a small bowl and stir well. Spread mixture evenly over fish, scatter lemon slices on top, and fold the edges of the foil or paper up over each fillet, crimping edges tightly. Place packaged fish on preheated baking sheet and bake 13-15 minutes, until fish is just cooked through. Serve fish in packages.

Mustard-Roasted Fish


4 (8-ounce) fish fillets

Kosher salt and black pepper

8 ounces créme fraîche

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard

2 tablespoons minced shallots

2 teaspoons drained capers


Preheat the oven to 425º. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. You could also use an ovenproof baking dish. Place the fish fillets skin side down on the sheet pan. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.

Combine the créme fraîche, two mustards, shallots, capers, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Spoon the sauce evenly over the fish fillets, making sure the fish is completely covered.

Bake for 10-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish, until it's barely done. The fish will flake easily at the thickest part when it's done. Be sure not to overcook it. Serve hot or at room temperature with the sauce from the pan spooned over the top.