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Escalope of wild sea bass Recipe

1st Jan 2016

Escalope of wild sea bass with sautéed smoked bacon, red chicory, runner beans and red wine sauce
Beautifully seasonal you will love this dish, the flavoursome wild sea bass is accompanied by freshly harvested runner beans; tender, succulent and bursting with flavour alongside the delicious smokey flavours of bacon and red chicory, complimented with a rich red wine sauce.

Sea bass

  • 4 sea bass fillets
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • salt
  • 1 knob of butter

Sweet shallots and runner beans

  • 4 runner beans, trimmed and sliced lengthways
  • 2 banana shallots, thinly sliced into rings, keeping the trimmings
  • salt
  • 1 tbsp of sugar

Celeriac purée

  • 1 small head of celeriac, diced
  • 85ml of double cream
  • salt

Red wine sauce

  • 185ml of dark Chicken stock
  • 1/2 leek, finely sliced
  • 1/2 bunch of rosemary
  • 2 star anise
  • 1/2 bulb of garlic
  • 50g of fish trimmings
  • 185ml of red wine

To plate

  • 100g of smoked bacon, boiled and diced
  • 50g of butter
  • 2 red chicory, broken into leaves


1. To prepare the celeriac purée, in a saucepan, cover the celeriac with water and season with salt. Bring to the boil and cook until tender.
2. Drain thoroughly and place in food processor. Whilst blending add enough of the cream to form a smooth, thin purée and keep warm.
3. To make the sweet shallots and runner beans, blanch the beans in boiling water and then refresh in iced water, before draining and setting to one side.
4. Place the shallot rings in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Add enough sugar to sweeten the water and a pinch of salt.
5. Bring to a simmer and cook until just tender. Remove from the heat and when cool, drain.
6. For the red wine sauce, sweat the shallot trimmings and leek with the garlic, rosemary and star anise until dry. Add the fish trimmings and cook for 10 minutes.
7. Add the red wine and boil dry. Add the chicken stock and cook for 1 hour until thickened and well flavoured. Pass through muslin cloth and set aside.
8. In a hot pan, sauté the bacon in a little butter until crisp and golden. Add in the chicory, drained sweet shallots and runner beans. Cook until the chicory just starts to wilt and everything else is hot.
9. Pan fry the fish in a little olive oil until just cooked, season and squeeze over the lemon juice. On a warm serving plate place a spoon of the purée, a pile of the runner bean mixture and top with the fish.
10. Pour some of the sauce around and serve a little extra at the table.

Don’t fancy cooking this yourself? Join us at the Terrace Restaurant and let our fantastic Head Chef Matthew Tomkinson do the work.


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