Grilled Fish with Broad Bean and Herb Tabbouleh

, from Issue #39. September, 2015
Photography by Aaron McLean.
Grilled Fish with Broad Bean and Herb Tabbouleh

Wrapped in fresh bay leaves and grilled until tender, these smoky fish fillets get topped with a light, flavour packed salad.

Serves: 4


600 grams firm white fish fillets
bay leaves
olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
2 lemons, quartered

½ cup fine burghul or cracked wheat
¾ cup boiling water
500 grams podded broad beans, cooked and peeled
1 x 400 tin cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
1 avocado, peeled and diced
½ cup chopped coriander
½ cup pistachios, roughly chopped
1/3 cup olive oil
finely grated zest and juice 1 lemon
1 clove garlic, crushed


Tabbouleh: Combine the burghul and boiling water in a large bowl and leave for 20 minutes. Fluff up the grains with a fork and fold through the broad beans, chickpeas, spring onions, avocado, coriander and pistachios.

Whisk the olive oil, lemon zest and juice and the garlic in a bowl and season. Pour ¾ of the dressing over the salad and gently combine. Reserve the remaining dressing.

Fish: Brush the fish with oil and season with salt and pepper. Place a bay leaf either side of the fish and secure with a toothpick.

To cook: Preheat a grill plate. Grill the fish and the lemons until the fish is just cooked through and the lemons are soft.

To serve: Place the fish on plates and spoon over the remaining dressing. Serve with the tabbouleh and grilled lemons.