Saturday, February 26, 2011

Pan-Fried John Dory Fish and Asparagus

I go to the farmer's market most weekends, and love to get fresh wild fish.  Lately the cute [but alarmingly sweaty] fish vendor has been giving me grief telling me I need to branch out and buy something besides wild salmon and scallops. So this week I bought John Dory fish and made this:

pan fried John Dory fish and asparagus
good lord it is a pain to cook and photograph and try to make all pretty.  i am not so good at this!  
and there is no way in hell i would post shots of the entire messy process!  blurgh!  yes, i am a slacker.   
and JAYSUS i should have cut this into smaller pieces before frying it up.  oh well -- live and learn!


Pan-Fried John Dory Fish (recipe found here):

2 large eggs
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup all purpose flour
3 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs made from crustless Italian bread (gimme a break -- I just used store-bought breadcrumbs that I had handy and they worked out just fine)
4 6-ounce skinless John Dory fillets
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Lemon wedges

Preheat oven to 250°F. Whisk eggs with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in shallow dish. Place flour on plate. Place breadcrumbs on another plate. Dredge fish in flour; shake off excess. Dip fish into seasoned eggs, then coat completely with breadcrumbs. Transfer to baking sheet.

Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 fillets and cook until coating is golden brown and fillets are opaque in center, about 3 minutes per side. Using 2 spatulas, transfer to rimmed baking sheet; keep warm in oven. Repeat with remaining fillets. Transfer fish to platter. Garnish with lemon wedges and serve.

Note: John Dory fish is very mild.  I drenched it with lemon, and that made it extra tasty.  Next time I will find a way to make a more spicy or zingy dish with this fish!

Pan-fried Asparagus with Garlic (I am mad for skinny asparagus and this is my favorite way to make it -- I concocted this method up myself which means a monkey could do it!)

Fresh asparagus (I only like the skinny kind -- but you can get what you want I guess)
Minced fresh garlic (I go WAY OVERBOARD with the garlic, the more the merrier, but do as you see fit.  JUST DON'T BE A WUSS WITH THE GARLIC.)
Olive oil
Garlic salt

Rinse asparagus thoroughly.  Break off ends.  Drizzle a small amount of olive oil into a frying pan.  Turn up heat to medium.  Add minced garlic and asparagus to pan.  Sprinkle with garlic salt (maybe add fresh ground pepper if you are so inclined).  Fry up for about  3-5 minutes, stirring as needed until asparagus is a bright green and garlic is a golden toasty color.  Serve immediately and enjoy! 



bananas. said...

never heard of such a fish but it looks and sounds devine!!! big fan of fish and veggies. mmm...not that's all i want!

adrienzgirl said...

I am a huge fan of the skinny asparagus too! I roast it in the oven with lots of garlic and olive oil, salt and pepper. Perfect every single time! Yum! The JohnDory looks great!

Claire Kiefer said...

So I don't eat fish (or any meat), but that super skinny asparagus looks delicious. I love it! And I love my farmers market. AND I love the cute vendor (for me, it's the guy at the middle eastern booth. I have even snuck a picture of him before!!).

How bad is the sweat? Bad enough not to go out with him? Maegan said...

babahhahaahhaah to your photo commentary is hard but I like this photo ...and all the fun colors ...and the graininess ...and yummm.

Lorena said...

WAIT... Dory as in Doree ???
You ate Nemo's buddy!

Kirsty said...

Asparagus is my new favourite ingredient :) And well done on branching out! What will I try next...

Trixie said...

Oooh! That looks good! I dont really like fish but when I was in Australia I tried pan fried Barramundi and it was delicious. Pretty much anything fried is good I've decided.

That recipe is just like the one I use for chicken scampi! Minus the lemon! Yum!

Marisa said...

I LOVE ASPARAGUS. That is all. I'm going to make some now.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

yum- we had breaded white fish tonight- I hate asparagus makes my pee smell funny.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

John Dory is definitely popular here. Mmm looks simple and delicious.

Cheryl said...

When I first read the title I thought it simply said Dory fish, and then I saw the photo and thought, oh no! Not Dory!! Then I read the title again. Shew!

That looks fantastic! I hate cooking (but I hate eating overly salted, soy injected, processed foods even more). I know I would have burned that fish.

Down and Out Chic said...

holy moly, it's dinner time for me here and i am hungry AND this is not helping one bit. yum.

marcie said...

Remarkable! I made it for my mom and she loved it thanks! She also admired the recipes that I’ve got from and That I’ve made for her these sites are certainly amazing!

brandy said...

The dish looks delicious, I want to try some of that one of these days. and also have attractive recipes that you’ll surely love!