Braised Fish with Fennel and Tomato

Because fish fillets, unlike dense cuts of meat, cook quickly, the braising liquid is infused with flavor first, as in this dish, which blends tomatoes, fennel, garlic, and lemon.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2008

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, halved, cored, and thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cored and coarsely chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 thin lemon slices (see note, below)
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 skinless fillets firm-fleshed fish, such as grouper, halibut, sea bass, or snapper (see note, below)

Directions

  1. Prepare Braising Liquid: Pour the oil, wine, and water into a large (13-inch) skillet, then add the fennel, tomatoes, garlic, and lemon slices. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, then simmer over moderate heat until the tomatoes begin to fall apart and the fennel softens, 12 to 15 minutes.

  2. Prepare Braising Liquid: Pour the oil, wine, and water into a large (13-inch) skillet, then add the fennel, tomatoes, garlic, and lemon slices. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, then simmer over moderate heat until the tomatoes begin to fall apart and the fennel softens, 12 to 15 minutes.

  3. Braise Fish: Sprinkle both sides of the fish with salt and pepper and arrange fillets in the pan, partially submerging them in the sauce. Cover and simmer until fish is opaque throughout, 6 to 8 minutes (or 8 to 10 for thicker fillets).

  4. Serve: Spoon some of the braising sauce into a shallow bowl, then top with fish. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with pepper.

Cook's Notes

If the skin on your lemons is not too bitter (check by tasting a washed one), you may want to leave it on; this will help the slices hold their shape. Otherwise, remove the rind before slicing.

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