Pesce all'acqua pazza

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Small whole fish are gently poached in a rich, "crazy" broth of garlic, chilli, cherry tomatoes and white wine in this dish from the Amalfi coast. Serve with tiny boiled potatoes or oven-roasted chips.

Pesce all'acqua pazza
Photo: Natalie Boog

Ingredients

  • 200ml dry white wine
  • 200ml water
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 small whole bream or snapper, 500g each, cleaned and scaled
  • 20 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tbsp basil leaves, torn
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest, grated
  • 1 tbsp salted capers, rinsed
  • 2 tbsp flat parsley leaves, torn
  • 1 lemon, quartered

Method

In a large frypan, combine the wine, water, salt and olive oil and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes, then gently slip the fish into the broth, add the cherry tomatoes, basil, lemon zest and capers. Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for 5 mins. Carefully turn the fish, and simmer for 4-5 mins, depending on size. It is cooked when the flesh parts from the bone at the touch of a knife.

Remove the fish to two warm plates, bring the broth to the boil and spoon over the fish.

To serve

Scatter with parsley and serve with lemon wedges.

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  • Main Ingredients - Fish
  • Cuisine - Italian
  • Course - Lunch
  • Occasion - Family meals

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