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Whitefish with Winter Vegetables

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Prep time
30 mins
Cooking Time
75 mins


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  • 2 MSC white fish fillets

You’ll also need…
  • 4-6 sprigs of thyme
  • 4 slices of lemon
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper and white pepper

  • 1/2 hispi pointed cabbage, sliced lengthways into four strips through the core
  • 50g butter, diced (extra for the sauce)
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 250ml dry cider
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg

  • 1/2 swede, diced
  • 50g butter
  • 1/2 tsp ground white pepper

  • 50g breadcrumbs
  • Olive oil
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp chopped curly parsley
  • 1 tsp chopped thyme


  1. Start by seasoning your fillets of MSC certified white fish for 30 mins and leave on a tray at room temperature.
    Whitefish with winter vegetables - Step 1
  2. Next, cube the swede and then boil in a saucepan of salted water for 25-30 mins until soft. Mash with butter, salt and white pepper until smooth.
    Whitefish with winter vegetables - Step 2
  3. Braise the cabbage by melting butter in a large shallow pan and when it’s bubbling add in the strips of cabbage, clove of garlic, bay and rosemary. Caramelise the cabbage on all sides on a high heat.

    Turn every 2-3 mins for an even char on the outer leaves and then reduce the heat after 5-6 mins and add the cider and grated nutmeg. Cover with a lid and braise for 15-20 mins until the cider reduces and the core of the cabbage is soft enough to slide a knife into easily. Season with salt and cracked black pepper.

    Thicken any remaining cider reduction by stirring in a knob of butter and use as a sauce to dress the plate.


    Whitefish with winter vegetables - Step 3
  4. To make the herby crumb, mix all ingredients in a small bowl and fry the herby breadcrumbs in a non-stick pan for 4-5 mins until golden.
    Whitefish with winter vegetables - Step 4
  5. In a steaming basket, lay your fish fillets on a couple of slices of lemon and sprigs of thyme. Cook for no longer than 6-7 mins and serve immediately.
    Whitefish with winter vegetables - Step 5
  6. Plate up the fish on your mashed swede and top the braised cabbage with the herby crumb. Garnish the fish with some fresh thyme leaves.
    Whitefish with winter vegetables - Step 6

Chef Naledi's Tip: Swede is a root vegetable also known as ‘rutabaga’. It may easily be substituted with white or orange skinned sweet potatoes.
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