Fish filets and Swiss chard are basic ingredients but it is amazing how you can transform this duo into something spectacular. This meal is made in three parts. This is suitable for a beginner home cook and you will agree the finished dish looks and tastes amazing.
First you need to season the fish and bake it in the oven. While you are doing that, you need to reduce some orange juice and stir in a little butter to make a savory orange sauce. The final step is to steam your Swiss chard (rinse and drain it first) with celery and olives for texture. Then you will serve the fish on top of the Swiss chard, in a pool of orange sauce.
This might look and sound like an elaborate dish but the recipe is really easy. You can have the orange juice simmering gently while the fish is baking and steam the chard in the final couple of minutes. Even if your timing does get messed up, the sauce will stay warm in a covered pan and the fish will stay warm if you leave the baking dish covered in foil, so you can finish off the chard at your leisure.
- 2 red snapper filets, 6 oz each
- 2 sprigs of thyme
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ cup hulled black olives
- 1 sliced celery rib
- Grated zest from 1 lemon
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- 4 cups chopped Swiss chard
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Put the fish in a baking dish with the thyme and lemon zest on top.
- Drizzle half the oil over the fish and season with salt and black pepper.
- Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, simmer the orange juice in a pan for 15 minutes or until it reduces by half, then turn off the heat and stir in the butter.
- Add 1 tablespoon of oil to another pan and heat it up.
- Add the Swiss chard, celery and olives.
- Cover the pan and steam the chard mixture for 2 minutes.
- Divide the orange sauce between 2 warmed serving plates and top with the chard mixture and then the fish.
- Discard the thyme and serve immediately.
This is a gourmet dinner, judging by the picture, and it might surprise you how easy this is to make yourself. Featuring the flavors of red snapper (or any local white fish available in your area) as well as healthy Swiss chard, tangy orange sauce and more, this is a wonderful meal. Serve it with potatoes or rice and impress all your dinner guests with your culinary prowess. Red snapper has a mild taste, and the lemon and thyme really infuse it with subtle flavor. This dish combines various textures and tastes, and is something you will certainly want to make more than once.
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