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A whiting fish recipe that lifts it out of the ordinary.
Whiting is quite a cheap fish but is very tasty.
It is very similar to cod and haddock in taste, texture and appearance but the fish are smaller, so the fillets tend to be smaller. It is a cheaper fish, like coley but not so 'fishy' in taste and smell.
It's available all year round and makes a good alternative to any recipe where white fish is called for.
Whiting Au Gratin
4 whiting fish fillets
glass white wine (or fish stock or water)
fresh ground black pepper
1 tbspn oil
4 oz (100g) sliced mushrooms
4 oz (100g) fresh breadcrumbs
6 oz (150g)hard cheese - finely grated
Heat your oven to Gas Mark 4, 350F or 180C.
Grease an ovenproof dish, put the whiting fillets in - add the wine, parsley, a squeeze of lemon and a few twists of pepper.
Fry the mushrooms in the oil and add to the dish.
Mix together the breadcrumbs and cheese and pile this mixture onto the fish - making sure it's covered.
Drizzle some olive oil over the topping and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes.
I would serve this with some buttered new potatoes and green beans and/or cauliflower cheese or leeks in white sauce. It does need some sauce with it or it will be a very dry meal - see the Cook's Notes box below.
The cheese sauce would make a good addition to the whiting - maybe a portion of herb butter melting over the breadcrumbs would make it perfect!
The cheese and breadcrumb topping is luscious and tasty but can be a bit 'dry' for some tastes.
The only liquid in this dish will be from the wine and the few juices from the cooking mushrooms. I would recommend serving a 'saucy' side with this - that can be potatoes or vegetables or you could make a separate sauce to go with it.
There is an issue of Seafood Recipe News where I wrote specifically about 'sides to serve with fish' which I recommend you have a browse through if you need some inspiration as to what to serve with this whiting fish recipes. Go to the bottom of the page where I summarise the tips.
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By Liz Alderson, Mar 30, 2016
A very tasty dish that you can prepare ahead. You can use whiting or any other firm white fish you prefer, cod, haddock, pollock, basa etc..
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Main Ingredient: white fish, mushrooms, breadcrumbs, cheese