Fresh Fish with Chargrilled Eggplant & Zucchini and a Red Pepper Dressing
I’m not really a big fish eater which means I don’t spend much time thinking about cooking it either, much to my husband’s disappointment.
We have a local Fish & Chip store which makes great fresh snapper and chips; not greasy, not too much, just right. Perhaps once a fortnight we might have this as a Friday night escape from cooking for me? and I count this as my ‘fish night’.
So when my company ‘team building offsite’ was announced and the rumours starting flying about at work that it was at the local Seafood cooking school; I would be fibbing if I did not say I had to fake my enthusiasm 🙂
We had walked through the Seafood Market which houses the cooking school some months earlier and the smell of thousands of fish did nothing for me! I had never had a hankering to spend the day in a seafood cooking school!
With some trepidation of what was to come I joined my work colleagues on the bus and headed to the event; I guess it was a day out of the office at the very least -right?
It turns out I had nothing too much to be concerned about as we filed into a classroom and took our seats. The chef took his place at the cooking benchin front of us, with large mirros behind him so we could all see the cooking bench and his very quick movements as his knife flew across the vegetables with deft skills.
Wwe were to make a quick and easy entrée and main fish dish apparently and would do this in groups later on. He spent the session interacting with us all with such enthusiasm and passion for the subject matter, sharing funny stories and cooking techniques, I nearly forgot we were about to handle prawns and fresh fish!
Anyway the main fish meal was so quick and easy to put together, and delicious! I wanted to share it with you as a weekday option for a family dinner. I’ll add the entrée later on today.
Ingredients: Serves 4
- 4 x 160gram portions of fresh fish – fillets
- 10 black, fitted Kalamata olives
- 10 green olives, whole
- 1 large eggplant, thinly sliced lengthways
- 1 large zucchini, thinly sliced lengthways
- 2 lemons, zest and juice
- 1 red capsicum, thinly diced
- 60ml lemon infused olive oil ( plain olive oil will work if you don’t have the infused kind)
- 40ml white wine vinegar
- 90grams feta cheese
- Parsley for garnish
- Salt & Pepper
- Fresh bread to serve
Firstly prepare the fish by cutting into similar sized medallions, and then set aside in a dish with a splash of olive oil. Season with salt & pepper.
Put the Kalamata and green olives in a sauté pan or oven-proof dish. Splash with a little olive oil and sear them quickly before putting into s hot oven to roast.
Coat the thinly sliced eggplant and zucchini with a little olive oil, and season with salt & pepper. Chargrill on a medium hot grill and until branded, and coloured!
Whilst the vegetables are grilling, add a splash of olive oil to a pan on a medium heat; then add the fish medallions.
Red Pepper Dressing
Take the red pepper previously prepared, lemon infused olive oil, white wine vinegar, lemon zest and juice and mix well. Season with salt & pepper. So easy!
Layer the plate with the chargrilled eggplant and zucchini and fresh fish; crumble the feta cheese over. Drizzle with the red pepper dressing and garnish with the roasted olives and a sprinkling a chopped parsley. Squeeze some lemon juice over the dish and serve with fresh crusty bread!
A little note for people like me who don’t cook fish often enough to be an expert: Here’s how to tell if fish is done: use a fork and prick into the thickest portion of the fish at a 45-degree angle. The gently twist the fork and pull up some of the fish. Undercooked fish resists flaking and is translucent.
You can rustle up this fish dinner in less than 25 minutes which is perfect for a weekday meal. Its healthy, and tasty so ticks plenty of boxes. Do give it a go and let me know how the family enjoyed it.
Happy fishing xx