Simple and elegant, Dominic Chapman's turbot recipe is a real celebration of classic flavours, with golden, pan-fried fish drenched in a rich butter sauce. Dominic's beurre blanc recipe is delicately flavoured with lemon, dill and cucumber, adding freshness and vibrancy to the creamy sauce and meaty texture of the turbot.
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To make the beurre blanc, add the wine and vinegar to a large pan and place over a medium heat. Add the shallots, garlic, thyme, bay and peppercorns to the pan and cook for 5–10 minutes or until the liquid reduces to a light syrup
500ml of white wine
200ml of white wine vinegar
5 black peppercorns
100g of shallots, chopped
20g of garlic, chopped
5g of thyme
1 bay leaf
Add the cream to the pan, stir well and continue to cook until the sauce begins to boil. Whisking continuously, gradually add the butter until fully combined, then remove from the heat
50ml of double cream
500g of butter, cubed
Pass the sauce through a fine sieve into a clean pan and discard the herbs, shallots, garlic and peppercorns. Stir through the lemon juice and adjust the seasoning to taste, then add the chopped dill and cucumber slices to the pan
2 lemons, juiced
75g of dill, finely chopped
1 cucumber, halved lengthways, deseeded and thinly sliced
freshly ground black pepper
Place the pan of sauce back on a gentle heat to warm through while cooking the turbot, until the cucumber slices have softened but retain a vibrant green
Meanwhile, place a large frying pan over a medium heat. Season the turbot fillets with salt and place upside down in the pan. Allow to cook for a few minutes until mostly cooked through
4 turbot fillets, about 150g each
Flip the fillets over and add a knob of butter to the pan along with a squeeze of lemon juice. Baste the fillets with the melted butter for a further minute, then remove the pan from the heat
1 knob of butter
juice of half a lemon
To serve, spoon the warm beurre blanc sauce over the fillets, ensuring the cucumber slices are equally distributed between each portion
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