Turbot with Prosecco sauce, chanterelle mushrooms, roasted squash and samphire

Simply fried turbot is served with a luxurious sauce and garnished with freshly grated truffle.

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For the fish stock

For the roasted squash and samphire

For the turbot, sauce and mushrooms

To serve


  1. For the fish stock, place all the ingredients into a large saucepan, cover with 850ml/1½ pints water and simmer for 20-40 minutes, frequently skimming the top to remove impurities. Pass through a sieve into a jug. Discard the bones.

  2. For the roasted squash and samphire, heat a large frying pan and add the oil. Once hot, add the garlic and shallot and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the squash and star anise and cook for 5-8 minutes, or until the squash has cooked through. Remove the star anise and discard.

  3. For the turbot, melt a few knobs of butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the fish, skin-side down and cook for 2 minutes, or until the skin is crisp and the fish is cooked two-thirds of the way through (you may need to cook the fish in batches). Flip over and cook for another minute, then remove from the heat and leave to rest in a warm place until ready to serve.

  4. Heat a frying pan until medium-hot, add 50g/2oz butter and the shallots and fry for a couple of minutes, or until softened but not browned. Add the Prosecco and cook until the volume of liquid has reduced by half, then add the fish stock and cook until reduced by half again. Stir in the cream and cook until reduced by a third. Strain through a fine sieve into a clean pan, add salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

  5. Blanch the samphire in a large saucepan of boiling water for a minute then drain.

  6. Heat another frying pan until hot, add the remaining butter, chanterelles and samphire. Fry over a high heat until the samphire is just wilted, but still bright green. Season with a little salt and black pepper.

  7. To serve, pile the squash into the centre of serving bowls and top with a turbot fillet, skin-side up. Spoon the Processco sauce over the top and garnish with the mushrooms, samphire, chervil and fresh truffle.

Recipe Tips

This recipe would also work well with sole, which is similar in texture to turbot.