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Slow-Cooked White Fish with Charred Cabbage

Slow-Cooked White Fish with Charred Cabbage

Sometimes with cooking, the best thing you can do is leave a thing alone. In this case, let the cabbage leaves sit and get charred around the edges before you even think about tossing them in the pan.


  • 12 ounces skinless, boneless firm white fish fillets (such as halibut or cod)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling
  • ¼ medium head of green cabbage (about 10 ounces)
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Recipe Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 325°. Rub fish with 2 Tbsp. oil on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Using a microplane, finely grate grapefruit directly over fish 2–3 times so each fillet is seasoned with a bit of zest; season with salt. Bake fish until flesh is opaque and begins to flake, 12–16 minutes (thicker pieces may take longer).

  • Meanwhile, separate cabbage leaves and tear into 3"–4" pieces. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Add cabbage and cook, undisturbed, until about half of the leaves are charred in spots, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and give skillet a toss a few times. Continue to cook, undisturbed, until all leaves have a bit of char on them, about 2 minutes more. Divide cabbage among plates.

  • Using a sharp knife, cut all peel and white pith from grapefruit; discard. Thinly slice grapefruit into ½"-thick rounds.

  • Add grapefruit rounds to plates with cabbage; season with salt. Break fish into large pieces and divide among plates. Top with mint. Drizzle with more oil, then season generously with pepper.

Reviews SectionI made this tonight because it was one of the easiest dinners I have ever made! Unfortunately I did not have grapefruit or cabbage but made the fish as directed with lemons instead - it was so tender and moist and absolutely delicious. A definite dish to add to our rotation (next time with the cabbage and grapefruit!I tried this tonight for the first time because I was looking for something light and healthy to make, without huge worry over flavour. But I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious this is! Obviously, because it contains a lot of grapefruit, it’s important to make sure you get a fairly sweet one. I think a sour one would ruin the dish. But the fish is light, the cabbage is delicious, the olives pair well with all of it. I highly recommend this for summer nights when you need something light and simple.KnishFromaRoseLondon06/22/19Really good. Making it for the 3rd time tonight and couldn’t ask for more in a recipe. Clean, flavorful, elegant, FAST, EASY, fulfilling-yum! I love it with buttery green olives too. It’s not bitter in my opinion (but that all depends on your tolerance for grapefruit). Get a good grapefruit! And if you grate the pith, it will probably be bitter.Instant hit! Probably a new go-to for a quick, flavorful, clean meal. Exceptional flavors and flavor combinations! The warm bitterness of the grapefruit with the cool freshness of the mint calls out the subtler flavors of the fish, and charring introduces a whole new reason for cabbage to exist!LadyladyCalifornia01/19/19Don't waste your money on buying fish for this dish. This dish is BITTER. I understand that these are all relatively healthy ingredients, but that does not mean that they should be combined. I can't think of many things more unappetizing than warm grapefruit. Oh, wait: grapefruit zest on whitefish. My wife has made a ton of recipes from you guys, and they are mostly all homeruns. I promise that the next dish we make from Bon Appetit that I like, I will leave a positive review. But this is a hard pass.DrGonzo513Albany, NY01/06/19Loved this easy recipe and it's in our rotation now. There are some nights I just can't even look at a recipe with a long ingredient list but I still want to cook something elegant. This dish tastes delicious, fresh, and healthy (and looks beautiful), but is so simple in terms of ingredients and prep. I was dubious about the charred cabbage but it turned out to be my favorite part, and now I often prepare it as a side with other main dishes.Wow, the plates on the page are beautiful too. Where can I get those?Lincoln125Florida01/11/18If you’re like me, and skeptical of whether or not this recipe would be bland, think again. I was pleasantly surprised to find the combination pleasant and satisfying. The sliced grapefruit (and zest) an important part, and really compliments the fish - don’t leave it out. Also, the charred cabbage is pleasantly nutty, with no hints of the stinkiness of over cooked cabbage. Don’t be shy with the salt and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.Really delicious and the definition of a quick weeknight meal. Used turbot and the flavors were really fantastic.MelanieWashington, DC01/04/18

10 Slow Cooker Fish Recipes

Meals like soups and stews are extremely common in the slow cooker, as are large cuts of meat. But fish? Not so much. In fact, most people don’t cook fish in the slow cooker, partly because it is so fast to make normally.

Nevertheless, the slow cooker can actually work extremely well for some fish recipes. One reason is simply that the slower cooking process helps to infuse the fish with much more flavor than you would get otherwise. Additionally, you can create some amazing fish dishes in the slow cooker, some of which cannot be replicated with conventional cooking approaches.

So then, this post takes a look at ten different slow cooker fish recipes. Many of these are from this site, which means that I’ve designed and tested them myself. Others come from food blogs, where the authors are gifted at creating high-quality recipes.

Even if you’ve never cooked fish in the slow cooker before, this approach really is worth trying. With the right recipe, you can create amazing results, while the actual effort involved is minimal.

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These recipes from chefs such as Marcus Wareing, Tom Aikens, Paul Ainsworth, Nathan Outlaw and Michael Caines will delight more advanced cooks and provide inspiration for those who want to up the ante in the kitchen!

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How to Save Overcooked Meat So Your Dinner Isn’t Ruined

Overcooking chicken, steak or fish can be a little devastating &mdash especially after working so hard and spending so much money to create a beautiful home-cooked meal. Turning meat into a tough, chewy, dried-out mess is pretty easy to do, and you’re certainly not the first. The knowledge that almost everyone has burned meat to a crisp at some point may not bring your meal back from the dead &mdash but these tricks might.

Overcooked chicken

Chicken is very easy to overcook &mdash whether on the grill, on the stovetop or in the oven. On the grill, you can usually remove the burnt edges, and the inside will still be moist. The stovetop and oven are a little trickier, though, since typically the meat is dried-out on the inside too. Change up the meal by shredding the dry chicken and adding mayonnaise, salt, pepper and other spices of your choice for homemade chicken salad sandwiches. If you don’t wish to change the meal completely, slice the chicken into thin strips, and add a mixture of olive oil or butter and herbs. Drizzle that on top, and garnish with salt and pepper. You can also add barbecue sauce or your favorite vinaigrette.

Overcooked beef

Whether you overcooked your steaks or a roast, dried-out beef isn’t a favorite of anyone. For steak, slice it up, and soak it overnight in your favorite marinade. Use it in wraps, soups, shepherd’s pie or pastas. For roasts, place it in the slow cooker with barbecue sauce, and cook on low for a few hours. Shred the beef, and make some tasty barbecue sandwiches. Another idea is to make beef stroganoff. Stroganoff is simply egg noodles, beef chunks and your favorite veggies. We love this quick chipotle beef stroganoff for nights when you’re in a hurry.

Quick tip: Add a little beef broth to the dry beef, and let simmer on the stove for a few minutes.

Overcooked pork

Dry pork is the worst of the meats, but just like chicken and beef, there are solutions. Chop it up into small chunks, and make pork fried rice or a pork stir-fry. Shred it, and place in the slow cooker with barbecue sauce for barbecue pulled pork sandwiches. You can also put the pork into a food processor and mix with green onions, cabbage and garlic to use as a filler in pot stickers.

Overcooked meat doesn’t have to be thrown out, and as you can see, there are dozens of recipes that will disguise the dried-out taste.

Tips on preventing overcooked meat

  • Cook it longer over low heat. Unless you’re grilling steak, which is best grilled over high heat for a short amount of time, meat is juicier when it cooks for a longer period of time over low heat.
  • Wait to trim the fat. It’s tempting to want to cut off all that fat before cooking the meat, but wait until after it’s done cooking. Fat traps in moisture and gives your meat a juicy taste as opposed to a dry one.
  • Don’t multitask. One of the main reasons for people overcooking their meat is that they simply forget to set the timer or don’t hear it go off. We get it &mdash we’re busy! When cooking dinner, avoid social media, television and other distractions. Try setting up the kids with an activity or letting them help. That way your main focus can be on dinner.

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Squid is one of those things that I always associate with charcoal grills, holidays and blazing sunshine. I’ve only ever eaten it grilled or deep fried, so I thought I’d give it a go in a different dish to see how it changed the taste. I know that with squid the rules are that you either cook it as fast as you can, or long and slow. Anything in between and you have rubber bands, and nobody wants that.

I found Raymond’s recipe on the BBC website. As ever, a joy to watch. I didn’t have all the things that he used so, yes you guessed it, I winged it. I wanted to bulk it out more, too, so added chick peas in, and left the garlic out as I wanted a more gentle taste.

1/2 cup Commandaria wine (use what you have. That’s what I had.)

1 400g tin of good quality chopped tomatoes

300g squid tubes, cleaned and skinned (thank you Ocado)

100g chorizo (mine was plain, not the picante one) cut into 1 inch pieces

Peel the onion, cut in half, and chop into thick ish slices.

Sauté off in some olive oil until it starts to soften, then add the tomato puree.

Stir and fry that until it is well mixed in with the onion.

Add the wine, turn the heat up so that the wine boils for a minute or so, then turn the heat back down to low.

Add in the tomatoes and the chick peas, then the chorizo.

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After one hour, the squid will be tender, and will have soaked in a lot of the chorizo flavour, and vice versa.

I actually left mine overnight, and then gently reheated it the next day.

The flavour of the squid is very pronounced, a lot stronger than when you flash fry it, and I realised that it was missing that char grill taste that I loved so much, so I did what any normal person would do at 8am on a Sunday, and got the blow torch out.

Adding that charred edge to the pieces took it from a good dish, to an excellent one that I will most definitely make again. I might use white beans next time.

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