Sauteed brill with saffron ratatouille

Top lightly spiced summer vegetables with pan fried fish for this sophisticated dish
By Michael Moore
Sauteed brill with saffron ratatouille
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  • Serves: 1
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes plus cooling
  • Effort: medium



  • 1 knob of butter
  • 0.25 apples
  • 1 tbsp celery, finely diced
  • 1 dashes of white wine
  • 1 tbsp aubergines
  • 1 tbsp courgettes, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp yellow peppers, finely diced
  • 1 dashes of olive oil
  • 0.5 tsp tomato purée
  • 1 pinches strands saffron
  • 1 brill fillet, (180g)
  • 1 pinches black pepper
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil

For the Parmesan crisps

  • 30 g parmesan, grated


1. Preheat the grill, and heat the oven to 180C/gas 4.

2. For the Parmesan crisps, scatter the grated cheese evenly over a baking sheet.

3. Place under the grill until the cheese has melted to make a complete sheet. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Use a pastry cutter to cut out Parmesan crisps.

4. Heat the butter in a pan. Add the apple and celery. Fry gently, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes until the apple and celery have softened, taking care not to let the butter burn.

5. Add the white wine and cook for 2-3 minutes. Once the mixture has completely softened remove from the heat, puree with a hand blender and set aside, keeping warm.

6. Place the aubergine, courgette and pepper in a frying pan with the olive oil and cook gently, stirring now and then for 5 minutes, until softened.

7. Add the tomato paste and saffron and cook for a further 3 minutes - don't let the vegetables to brown. Set the saffron ratatouille aside, keeping warm.

8. Season the brill fillet. Heat the sunflower oil in a frying pan, add the brill and fry for 3 minutes on each side until golden.

9. Transfer the brill to a baking sheet and roast in the oven for a further 3 minutes.

10. To serve, place the puree in the centre of a warm plate and arrange the brill on top. Shape the ratatouille into an oval shape, a little larger than a nutmeg and place on top of the brill. Garnish with the parmesan crisps and serve at once.

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