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The Fish Deli John Dory with Basil, Pine Nuts and Preserved Lemons

The Fish Deli John Dory with Basil, Pine Nuts and Preserved Lemon

John Dory is a highly prized fish and rightly so. It has a fantastic flavour and a firm white flesh. Once tried, it will become a firm family favourite. If you do not have any preserved lemons, just use a squeeze of ordinary lemon juice to finish when cooked.


John Dory Fillets

3 sprigs of fresh basil, ripped

1 preserved lemon (optional)

50g pine nuts

Good amount of olive oil


1. Season the John Dory fillets and fry in olive oil for about 3 minutes on each side.

2. Set aside in a warm oven.

3. In the same pan, add a little more olive oil and heat. Then add the diced preserved lemon and the pine nuts and gently cook for a few minutes.

4. Sizzle a little white wine in the pan to release all the falvour from the bottom of the pan (water will do if you prefer).

5. Finally add the ripped basil.

6. Lay the fillets on a plate and pour over the sauce.

7. Serve immediately with roasted vegetables and cous-cous.