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Elia Restaurant
9700 Collins Ave.
Bal Harbour, FL 33154
(305) 866-2727

Preserved Lemon & Green Tomato Grouper
Chef Kris Wessel, formerly of Elia Restaurant – Bal Harbour, FL
Adapted by StarChefs

Yield: 6-8 Servings

Ingredients: Preserved Lemon & Green Tomato Grouper On StarChefs

  • 3 pounds fresh grouper fillet, cut into 6-8 ounce portions
  • 1 teaspoon roasted garlic
  • 1 cup diced green onions
  • 1 cup diced shallots
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup chopped chervil
  • ½ cup sliced preserved lemons
  • 2 green tomatoes
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart vegetable oil, for frying
  • Additional chervil for garnish
Sauté fish in 2 Tablespoons of olive oil at high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove fish from pan and keep warm on a plate. Add garlic, onions, shallots and celery to pan and sauté for 5 minutes until soft. Add white wine and reduce for 2 minutes. Finish sauce with butter, chervil & preserved lemon.

Meanwhile heat ½-inch of vegetable oil in a sauté pan. Thinly slice green tomatoes and dredge in flour. Fry center slices of tomato in oil until crispy. Drain excess fat on a plate lined with paper towels.

Place a fried tomato slice on a plate and set grouper on top. Spoon sauce on and around fish. Garnish with additional chervil.

Wine Pairing:
A refreshing Italian white such as Terredora Falanghina Irpinia 2003


Published: July 2004