Spice-Rubbed Leatherjacket

Spice-Rubbed Leatherjacket I love the thick flaky texture of the fish in this spice-rubbed leatherjacket recipe, but you could use any firm-fleshed fish, whole or fillets, including some of the oilier ones like mackerel or tuna as they’ll stand up well to the rich Mediterranean flavours. Those bold flavours pair well with a medium-bodied red, […]

Snapper with Pine Nut & Herb Stuffing

Snapper with Pine Nut & Herb Stuffing I didn’t really care for stuffings until I cooked this snapper with pine nut & herb stuffing, inspired by a dish Giovanni Pilu served me. Herbs, including rosemary, thyme and oregano grow wild throughout Sardinia and are known as ‘erbette di campo’, herbs of the field. They add […]

Baked Herb & Lemon Leatherjacket

Baked Herb & Lemon Leatherjacket Baked herb & lemon leatherjacket trunks are a great introduction to whole fish. The coarse skin and large head (with its threatening spike) have been removed, and the thick white flakes of flesh lift easily off the bone. It’s also a very forgiving fish, remaining succulent even if you leave […]

Snapper Baked in Salt Crust

Snapper Baked in Salt Crust Snapper baked in salt crust is a wonderful dish for entertaining – it’s easy to prepare as most of the work is done ahead of time and it’s so impressive when unveiled at the table. Janni Kyritsis taught me all about baking in salt crust when we wrote his cookbook […]

Baked Rainbow Trout

Baked Rainbow Trout With their colourful skin, baked rainbow trout make a gorgeous centrepiece for any table. I developed this recipe for Christmas Day to go with Matt Moran’s rough mint sauce (see video below), and versatile rainbow trout are just as good served with salsa verde or Cheong Liew’s cumquat sambal, depending on whether […]

Poached Rainbow Trout

Poached Rainbow Trout The same steeping method used for cooking Hainanese chicken works beautifully with whole fish, especially for poached rainbow trout or salmon. English food writer Jane Grigson recommends poaching pink fish in strong brine and that’s the method I’ve followed for years. Leaving the fish to cool in the poaching liquid keeps it […]

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