I made a simple fish dish for my son Danny and me this week. I am experimenting with fish, and I am determined to cook fish at least 3 times a week to improve our diet. I bought haddock fillets, which were unbelievably fresh, at my supermarket for only $5.99/lb. I try to buy whatever is freshest and cheapest, normally. Why not? What is so great is that I can get this gourmet meal on the table in no time at all with such simple preparation. I served the fish with fresh corn on the cob and a simple salad using prewashed fresh spinach and baby romaine, sliced strawberries, walnuts, and my own lemon vinaigrette. (You can find my recipe for this vinaigrette right on this web site.) What an amazing light, healthy, and flavorful dinner!
for two people:
1 pound fish fillets (I buy whatever is on sale and absolutely fresh!)
grated zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, butter, or margarine
2 tablespoons slivered raw almonds
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cover a half sheet pan with aluminum foil. Lightly grease foil with oil. Place fish on foil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then liberally with lemon zest, then with thyme leaves, then with almonds, then dot with butter or margarine or drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 7-12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. If you like, you can then place fish under the broiler for a minute or two at this point to just brown the almonds. Be careful, if you do this, not to burn the fish or the nuts. Serve with lemon wedges.