Wednesday, September 20, 2017

White Fish with Shallots and Spinach #recipe from author @DarylWoodGerber

From Daryl aka Avery:

I know I've been offering a lot of white fish dishes lately. I want you to know that I really love my beef and lamb dinners (I adore red meat!) but I have to interlace those meals with fish so that the cholesterol stays even. I "manufacture" cholesterol. Pooh!

Luckily, I love white fish, and I enjoy matching up simple spices and items to make white fish shine.

While I'm writing the 6th Cookbook Nook Mystery--yes, there's going to be a sixth coming out next spring--I keep thinking of how Jenna, my protagonist, would appreciate an easy recipe like this one. 5-6 ingredients suits her just fine. I know there are a lot of my friends who also prefer easy-to-make recipes. Because I can buy white fish (all sorts) at Costco and have them in the freezer, all I need is to have "other" items on hand in the refrigerator to create something delicious. So practically every time I go to the grocery store I pick up shallots or green onions or mushroom, as well as spinach, zucchini, or snow peas. They are go-to items that are easy in stir fry-style meals.

What would you add to a white fish dish? What flavors, when they sizzle, stir your senses? Shallots and onions really do it for me!


Fish with Shallots and spinach
(serves 2)

2 firm white-meat filets ( I used frozen mahi-mahi)
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 shallots, peeled and sliced
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon white pepper
1 pound spinach, reserving 4 tablespoons for garnish

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Wrap the fish in foil and bake for 15 – 20 minutes until white throughout.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium high heat and add the shallots. Cook for 5-7 minutes until a warm brown, stirring often. Season with salt and white pepper and set aside.

Meanwhile, mound the spinach on a large plate. Cover with a paper towel and cook in the microwave on high for 1 minutes. Remove and fold the spinach over on itself so it will cook through.

To plate, divide the cooked spinach between two plates. Remove the white fish filets from the oven and set on top of the spinach. Top with the cooked shallots. Garnish with chopped raw spinach.

Serve warm.

Savor the mystery!

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  1. I didn't know shallots existed until I was in my twenties, and now I use them in so many dishes! If I'm doing a simple fish dish, I often add one or more herbs--I open the jars (if I don't have fresh) and sniff until one smells appealing.

    1. Sniffing is so important, isn't it, Sheila? I think our mood can determine what we want to eat and season with. ~ Dar yl

  2. Wow. Talk about simple.
    You really let the fish and spinach shine here.