Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pesce Semplice (Simple Fish)

One of my new favorite dishes. Light, healthy, simple and tasty. I like to use Merluzzo (cod fish) because of its wonderful taste and because it is so good for you. Recipe for two:

400 grams of Merluzzo (or your favorite white fish)

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 cup white wine

1 lemon

handful of capers (preferably from the island of Salina)

salt to taste


Pepper flakes for a spicy dish

Italian parsley for a little green!

Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. I like a pan that keeps the fish and juices snug and cozy next to each other. When hot, add the fish and let cook for about 1 minute. Add the wine and leave uncovered, sizzling away for another 3 minutes. Add the capers and salt (and the other option ingredients), lower the flame a tad and cover. Simmer for about 5 minutes. Serve immediately with your favorite bottle of white wine (my choice: a smooth Catarratto rom Sicilia!).

My husband is on a big basmati rice kick, so I’ve been serving that as an accompaniment. The plate looks a bit “bland” but the flavor is far from it! Wild rice and some tomatoes on the side would make it colorful and oh so more Italian.

Buon appetito! :)


Heiko said...

We took advantage of the sunshine today for a wee wonder along the seafront in Lerici / San Terenzo. I thought I could smell some fresh fish cooking...

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

I know where to call in for lunch if I am ever in your area :-) you have a lovely way of cooking..simple and tasty :-) x

Saretta said...

Well, the real fish looks delish, but the vitamin fish-shaped thingy is scary! LOL!

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

yum. Thanks again for giving me the correct names for fish here.

I went to the fishmonger at the market. Changed my life. :)

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