Escabeche of Red Mullet with Grapefruit, Lime, Basil and Coriander

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Escabeche of Red Mullet with Grapefruit, Lime, Basil and Coriander

An escabeche is a delicious dish of fried fish marinated in vinegar and citrus juices. Perfect as a starter or light main course.

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  • Serves 6. ServingsServings

Ingredients

  • Main Ingredient
  • 17 oz. red mullet fillet
  • 1 small yellow courgette
  • 1 small green courgette
  • 1 small bulb fennel
  • 1/2 cup radish, finely sliced
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 stick celery
  • Small bunch basil, chopped
  • Small bunch coriander, chopped
  • 2 cups Florida pink grapefruit juice
  • For the marinade:
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons white wine
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 3/4 tablespoon lime juice
  • Little more than 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf

Preparation

Preparation

  1. Slice the vegetables as finely as you can, using a mandolin if you have one.
  2. Bring the grapefruit juice up to a simmer and pour over the vegetables with the basil and most of the coriander. Leave to cool.
  3. Mix together the marinade ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes. Slice the red mullet into 1-inch thick pieces and pan fry, skin side down, in a hot pan. Turn over after a few minutes, pour over the marinade, let it bubble and then turn off the heat.
  4. Let the fish cool in the marinade.
  5. To serve, drain the vegetables, and place the fish on top.
  6. Spoon over some of the grapefruit juice and some of the marinade.
  7. Scatter over the remaining coriander.

Special instructions

An escabeche is a delicious dish of fried fish marinated in vinegar and citrus juices. Perfect as a starter or light main course.

Source: The Florida Department of Citrus