Most days I find myself on a cramped underground train, breathing in the stale odour of an overweight man with his arm in the air, shoving his armpit in my face each time the train jolts. When this happens (more often than I’d like), for some reason I wish I were elsewhere. The dream destination of choice varies depending on my mood, but frequently it involves sunning myself in the Mediterranean. Lying on soft sand with the waves lapping around my feet, or sipping a cocktail and devouring all the Mediterranean food I can manage. I know I can’t be alone in this.
But alas, I’m not in the Mediterranean and, like most people, I have to do this thing called work so I won’t be going there anytime soon. The next best option? Bring the Mediterranean to you! This Mediterranean fish recipe is both healthy and delicious, plus it will most definitely transport you to the shores of Southern Europe and North Africa. Okay so you probably need a pretty ambitious imagination and some ‘crashing waves’ sound effects but at least you’ll get a taste!
For 1 person, adjust as needed
1x fillet of white fish
2x slices of parma ham
A few leaves of (preferably fresh) basil
Half a lemon
Small handful of cherry / plum tomatoes chopped in half
Small handful of black olives
Handful of asparagus
Half a courgette
Dash of olive oil
New potatoes (optional)
Large glass of white wine (compulsory)
- Lay the fish on the parma ham, squeeze a good drizzle of lemon over it and add a few basil leaves. Wrap the parma ham around the fish, add the tomatoes, olives and remainder of the lemon on top of and around the fish. Place in a silver foil parcel and pop in the oven as per the cooking instructions (usually about 15 mins at 180C).
- Add a dash of olive oil to a frying pan and cook the chopped courgette and asparagus for around 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Once the fish is cooked, plate up with the courgettes and asparagus. If you need some carbs (who doesn’t), serve with crushed new potatoes with lashings of butter and a sprinkle of whatever cheese takes your fancy.
If you’ve got a similar version of this Mediterranean fish recipe, or if you have tried this one, then I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Happy Mediterranean dreamin’!