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John Dory with Baby Gem and Smoked Garlic Dressing

John Dory
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2 portions John Dory fillet
2 baby gem lettuce (cut in half lengthways)
2 tsp of baby capers
For Dressing
1 clove of smoked garlic (chopped)
Half tsp of Dijon mustard
Squeeze of lemon juice
Good pinch of smoked paprika
Dash of olive oil
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A delicious and quick way to enjoy John dory.


Heat a frying pan and when hot add a little oil, place in the John Dory fillets, cook for approx 2 min depending on size then turn over to cook the other side. At this point add the baby gem (cut side down) in the same pan as the fish.

Blitz all the ingredients for the dressing and add a pinch of salt. 
When the fish is cooked, remove and keep warm. 
Turn the baby gem to cook briefly on the other side but try to keep it crunchy. Add the capers to the pan. 
Place the cooked crunchy baby gem on the serving plates, lay the fish up against the lettuce and spoon over the smoked garlic dressing.
If you want to simplify the dressing, use shop-bought vinaigrette in place of the mustard, lemon juice and olive oil, and just add the garlic and pinch of paprika,
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 4 minutes
Serves: 2


John Dory

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