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Whitefish with Lemon Vinaigrette

September 25th, 2009


It’s the last day of Giadapalooza and I’m finishing it off with another favorite of mine her whitefish with lemon vinaigrette. It’s amazing what you can do with bulk tilapia from Costco or any other whitefish. Giada serves this dish with a warm radicchio and white bean salad. Jason has a discriminating palate when it comes to wilted radicchio so I double the lemon vinaigrette and drizzle it over a side salad. I prefer the recipe as Giada intended it. It’s impressive yet inexpensive to make and you may want to lick the plate after trying this vinaigrette. 

Whitefish with Lemon Vinaigrette

8 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 shallots, thinly sliced
1 large head radicchio (about 12 ounces), coarsely chopped
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup fish broth (I’ve used chicken stock in a pinch)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 (5 to 6-ounce) whitefish fillets, such as tilapia
All-purpose flour, for dredging
Lemon Vinaigrette, recipe follows

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a heavy large skillet  or grill pan over medium heat. Add the shallots and saute until tender, about 2 minutes. Add the radicchio and saute until wilted, about 5 minutes. Add the beans and broth, and cook until the beans are heated through, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Season the radicchio mixture, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a 14-inch (or 2 smaller) nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the fillets with salt and pepper. Dredge the fillets in flour to coat completely. Shake of the excess flour and fry 3 fillets in each pan until they are golden brown and just cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.

Spoon the radicchio mixture over the center of the plates. Top with the fillets. Drizzle the vinaigrette over and serve immediately.

Lemon Vinaigrette:
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (do not use anything out of a bottle!)
1/4 cup lightly packed fresh Italian parsley leaves
2 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Blend the lemon juice, parsley, garlic, lemon zest, salt, and pepper in a blender. With the machine running, gradually blend in the oil. Season the vinaigrette, to taste, with more salt and pepper.

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2 responses so far

  • 1 Hillary Sep 25, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    What a flavorful preparation of whitefish! Whenever my mom says we’re having whitefish for dinner, I groan…but this sounds and looks good!

  • 2 d Sep 25, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    I’m making this tomorrow. It looks fantastic! I have costco tilapia filets hanging out in my freezer just waiting to be used. Thanks for posting.

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