Baked brill with fennel and Piccolo cherry tomatoes


First published in 2021
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Preheat an oven to 200ºC/gas mark 6


Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Trim and wash the fennel, then cut each bulb into 6 or 8 wedges, leaving the root attatched so the pieces stay together. Blanch the fennel in the boiling water for 4 minutes, drain well and place on a clean tea towel, patting dry so the oil doesn't spit when frying them later


Heat 100ml of the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat and add the fennel pieces, cut-side down. Sauté until lightly golden, then transfer to a deep roasting tray, big enough to fit the whole fish in

  • 100ml of olive oil

In the same frying pan, add the tomatoes and fry over a high heat for 5 minutes until they start to blister and take on some colour


Add the olives and garlic to the pan, toss together, then pour in the wine and cook for 1 minute. Pour everything in the pan into the roasting tray with the fennel, along with half of the lemon wedges. Season with salt and stir everything together

  • 100g of pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1 garlic bulb, cloves peeled
  • 150ml of white wine
  • 1 lemon, sliced into wedges
  • salt

Trim the fins and tail from the brill, rinse and pat dry. Season both sides with salt and place in the roasting tray, nestled amongst the vegetables. Drizzle over the remaining olive oil and bake in the oven for 25–30 minutes, until the fish easily comes away from the bone at the thickest part

  • 1 brill, weighing approx. 1kg, scaled and gutted
  • 100ml of olive oil

Serve in the roasting tray sprinkled with the chopped parsley and the remaining lemon wedges

First published in 2021
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