Plaice with Lemon & Parsley Butter

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Serves2 people
Gluten-free diets
Plaice with Lemon & Parsley Butter

Put dinner firmly in its plaice with tender grilled fish fillets topped with melting lemon and herb butter and served with garlicky spinach and nutty seasonal Jersey Royal potatoes on the side.

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  • 500g Jersey Royal new potatoes
  • 50g butter, room temperature
  • A handful of flat leaf parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2-4 plaice fillets, depending on how large they are
  • 100g baby leaf spinach

Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 20 mins

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1. Scrub the potatoes (no need to peel them unless you prefer to), chop them into bite-sized chunks and add them to a pan. Pour in enough cold water to cover the spuds by 4-5cm then set the pan on the hob. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10-15 mins, till the potatoes are tender.
2. Meanwhile, scoop half the room temperature butter into a small bowl. Finely chop the parsley, leaves and stalks, and add it to the butter. Grate in the lemon zest. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and mash together with a fork. Set aside.
3. Peel and finely chop the shallots. Peel and thinly slice the garlic.
4. Warm a good splash of olive oil in a frying pan on a medium heat. Slide the shallots and garlic into the pan. Add a little salt and pepper and fry for 5-6 mins, stirring occasionally, till glossy.
5. While the shallots fry, set your grill to high. Line a baking tray with foil and lay the plaice fillets on top. Dot the herb butter over the plaice. Slide the fish under the hot grill and cook for 4-5 mins, till the butter is bubbling and the fish is cooked. It will flake easily when pressed with a fork.
6. Add the baby leaf spinach to the shallots and cook with the shallots for 2-3 mins, stirring, to wilt it.
7. When the potatoes are cooked, drain them and tip back into the pan. Add the remaining butter and a pinch of salt and pepper and roll the spuds around till coated. Divide the potatoes and spinach between a couple of plates. Add the plaice fillets and serve with wedges of the lemon on the side for squeezing.
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Outstanding. Superb recipe and very straightforward. Best Thursday tea for a long time!


Very simple and tasty recipe