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Lettuce Wrapped John Dory

It has been said that John Dory fish tastes like butter; the fish is so delicate it just melts in your mouth. John Dory is best cooked with its skin intact since the flesh is so delicate. Wrapping the fillets in lettuce leaves will protect them further.


  • Prep Time : 20 min
  • Cook Time : 15 min
  • Ready Time : 35 min


4 Servings


  • 4 6-ounce John Dory fi llets (also works well with bass)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups dry white wine like Pinot Grigio
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small bunch chives
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce
  • Balsamic vinegar or Hollandaise sauce


1 Combine the wine with 1½ cups water and about 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil in a saucepan. Add the iceberg lettuce leaves and the chives; be careful not to break them.

2 After about 5 to 10 seconds, remove the leaves and cool them in an ice bowl (reserve the cooking water). Place them on a towel or paper towel and pat dry.

3 Season the fish fillets with salt and pepper. Place one fillet on each leaf. Cover with another leaf and carefully fold the edges, forming neat packages. Tie with the chives.

4 Bring the cooking water back to a boil, add the bay leaves, and place a steamer basket over the pot. Place the packages in the basket, cover and cook on moderate heat for about 10-14 minutes.

5 Serve on a bed of baby spinach sautéed in butter or extra-virgin olive oil and 1 clove garlic, and drizzle the fi sh with a little balsamic vinegar and olive oil, or with Hollandaise sauce.

As seen in Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller Magazine (Pesach 2013) – Subscribe Now.


About Alessandra Rovati


Alessandra Rovati was born and raised in Venice, Italy, and has had a passion for food since a very young age (she is said to have feasted on garlic and chili-marinated herring at 15 months). Alessandra writes about Kosher and Jewish Italian food and teaches cooking; she also posts free recipes and how-to’s, offering a glimpse of Jewish Italian culinary history, on her website, Dinner in Venice




One Response to Lettuce Wrapped John Dory

  1. i have been searching for john dory fish for months now since i first saw this recipe. i live in the 5 boros. where can i get it?

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