This week we are in the mood for fish. While we love our pure, fresh fish on a stone, sometimes we like a nice sauce to add a completely different character. Learning different sauces is one of the basics of becoming a better cook so we have collected some of our favourite fish sauce recipes here for you to try.
A velouté is one of the cornerstone sauces you need to master. As well as being a great sauce on its own, it is a base for many other sauces. Technically, it isn’t a finished sauce but we like it on its own and we think you might too.
- 4l fish stock
- 60g clarified butter
- 60g plain flour
Heat the fish stock in a pan and keep warm. Heat the butter separately until it goes frothy and stir in the flour until you make a roux. Once smooth, cook for a further minute and then gradually add the fish stock.
Simmer for 30 minutes until reduced. Skim off the top if necessary and then allow to cool. That’s it.
White wine fish sauce
This white wine fish sauce is another classic and it uses the velouté as the base.
- 1 litre fish velouté
- 125ml dry white wine
- 125ml heavy cream
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- Salt and ground white pepper to taste
- Lemon juice to taste
Heat the cream gently until just before it simmers then keep warm. Simmer the wine separately until is reduced by half and add the fish velouté. Bring the mixture to the boil and lower down to a simmer for around 5 minutes until reduced. Stir in the cream, butter and seasoning. Strain and serve immediately.
Herb Seafood Sauce
The herb seafood sauce is another classic that is as timeless as it is tasty. It uses the white wine fish sauce as a base and builds upon its beautiful taste.
- 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
- 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives
- 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh tarragon
- 600ml white wine sauce
Heat the white wine fish sauce until it simmers and then stir in the herbs. Given them a minute to cook into the sauce and serve immediately.
Those are just three base sauces for fish. See how easy they are to do? So there really is no reason to be afraid of eating fish when you’re in the mood. If you don’t fancy the idea of cooking it yourself, book a table at The Stone Grill for some fish on stone action or a more traditional fish dish. You won’t regret it!