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a celebration of north east seafood

seagate, peterhead harbour

9th september 2023
11:00 - 16:00

joke

What do you get if you cross a fishing rod with a gym sock?

A hook, line and stinker!

did you know

Turbot

Turbot is a flatfish with an almost rounded body, studded with bony tubercles on the dark side.

Turbot is a highly prized species, often regarded the best of the flatfish.

Best during: January - February , June - December

Cooking recommendations: Steam, poach, grill or pan-fry

RECIPE

Whole roast turbot with ceps, capers and marjoram

Ingredients

  • 1.5 kg turbot, gutted, gills removed
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 sprigs of fresh or dried marjoram
  • 500g ceps, brushed clean and sliced
  • 50g capers (try and find the salted variety), rinse in water and soak until edible
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Lemon wedges and chopped parsley to serve

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Place the turbot on a baking tray and douse liberally with extra virgin olive oil. Stuff the sprigs of marjoram into the belly cavity and tuck underneath the fish. Season with salt and pepper. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile fry the mushrooms in olive oil until they take on a little colour, season and add the capers then pour over the fish.
  3. Serve the fish whole at the table with wedges of lemon. Some chefs remove the skin but I don’t understand why. It is delicious roasted and far more attractive than the white flesh.
  4. Make the dish even more pretty with a sprinkling of freshly chopped parsley. Finally, remember that a turbot’s cheeks are a real delicacy: they should be savoured and shared as a choice morsel for all at the table.
Recipe by Tom Hunt
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