Grilled turbot with red wine reduction and silver onions

Turbot gets deluxe treatment in Anton Edelmann's elegant recipe, a carefully composed combination of flavours and textures
By Anton Edelmann
Grilled turbot with red wine reduction and silver onions
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Effort: medium



  • 20 small button onions
  • 125 ml olive oil
  • 4 turbot steaks, on the bone at least 225g each
  • 8 basil
  • salt, and freshly ground pepper

For the red wine reduction:

  • 400 ml red wine
  • 1 tsp redcurrant jelly
  • 200 g unsalted butter
  • salt
  • cayenne pepper
  • squeeze of lemon juice

For the lemon dressing:

  • 100 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 40 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • salt, and freshly ground pepper


1. Peel the onions; you must do this at the last moment, or they will form a hard skin during cooking.2. Put the peeled onions in a wide pan with 60ml of olive oil, they should be in a single layer but quite tightly packed.3. Cook over a high heat, turning the onions until they are evenly browned all over.4. Cover the pan with a lid, turn the heat down very low and sweat the onions until very soft, around 10-15 minutes.5. Place the red wine in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Cook briskly until reduced to a thick syrup, then mix in the redcurrant jelly.6. Turn off the heat and whisk in the butter. Season with salt, cayenne pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.7. Pass the sauce through a fine sieve and keep it warm, but do not let it boil again. 8. Make the lemon dressing by combining the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and freshly ground pepper in a bowl and whisking well.9. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas 6.10. Season the turbot with salt and freshly ground pepper.11. Heat a ridged griddle pan until very hot, add the remaining olive oil, and sear the turbot on both sides. 12. Transfer the fish to a baking tray, and cook in the hot oven for 6 minutes.13. Halve the fish steaks, cut along the central bones with a sharp knife and remove them.14. Place the basil leaves on one half of the fish steaks and lay the other half of the fish on top.15. Place a fish steak each on four serving plates, pour a little of the red wine sauce around, and garnish with the onions.16. Toss in 125ml of the lemon dressing (reserving the remainder for other recipes), pile it on top of the fish, and serve.

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