Sicilian Fish

. March, 2017
Photography by Josh Griggs.
Sicilian Fish

Gurnard is one of my favourite fish, but use whichever firm white fish is freshest on the day. This piquant sauce also goes well with pork and chicken. 

Serves: 4


2 tablespoons olive oil
knob of butter
600 grams fish fillets
1 red onion, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons caster sugar
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
½ cup white wine
¼ cup white or golden sultanas
3 tablespoons capers
3 tablespoons pine nuts
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus extra
mint leaves, to serve
sea salt and ground pepper


Heat the oil in a sauté pan, then add the butter. When sizzling add the fish and sauté until just cooked through. Remove to a plate and cover to keep warm. Don’t wash the pan. 

Add the onion to the pan, season and cook until tender. Add the sugar, garlic, vinegar, wine, sultanas, capers and pine nuts and simmer gently for a few minutes. 

To serve: Arrange the fish on a serving platter. Add the parsley to the sauce and spoon over the top. Scatter over extra parsley leaves and mint leaves, if desired.