Whiting with Calvados and Serrano Ham-Butter Sauce

    35 minutes

    When you really want to impress, try this recipe for whiting with a sauce of serrano ham, Calvados, sultanas, capers and pine nuts. Amazing!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1/4 cup (65ml) canola oil for pan-frying
    • 4 (220g) whiting fillets
    • 1 pinch sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
    • 1/4 cup (30g) plain flour for coating
    • For the sauce
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 2 eschalots, minced
    • 60g thickly sliced Spanish serrano ham (or prosciutto) cut into 5mm dice
    • 1/4 cup sultanas, soaked in hot water to soften
    • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and patted dry
    • 1/4 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
    • 1/3 cup (90ml) Calvados (apple brandy)
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) chicken stock
    • 125g cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
    • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
    • 1 pinch sea salt to taste

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Preheat oven to 230 degrees C.
    2. Heat canola oil in a large, ovenproof frypan over high heat until it begins to smoke. Season whiting to taste with salt and pepper. Coat with flour and shake off the excess. Sear the whiting until golden brown on both sides, about 1 minute per side. Pour excess oil from frypan then place into preheated oven, and bake until flakey, 7 to 8 minutes.
    3. When cooked, remove fish from frypan and keep warm. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in the pan, stir in eschalots and cook over medium heat until they turn translucent, about 1 minute. Add the ham, drained raisins, capers and pine nuts; continue cooking for another minute. Pour in Calvados and cook until reduced by half. Add the chicken stock, increase heat to high, and boil until 1/4 of the stock has evaporated.
    4. Remove the frypan from the heat and quickly whisk in 125g butter until dissolved. Whisk in the parsley and thyme; season to taste with salt. To serve, arrange fish on a warmed serving platter or individual plates and pour the sauce over. Serve immediately.

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    This is gourmet at home! The only substitute I made was to use panko bread crumbs instead of the flour, other than these two changes I followed the recipe. You will want to make sure to use unsalted butter as the serrano ham is MORE than salty enough. Be sure to serve the sauce ASAP b/c it WILL separate if you do not!  -  24 Feb 2012  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is a delicious fish recipe with a lot of flavors. I used apple/white grape juice instead of calvados and didn't use ham. My only complaint was that the sauce was very buttery. So next time I will reduce the butter.  -  12 Jul 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This dish was met with rave reviews. I subbed pumpkin seeds for the pine nuts and apple juice for the apple brandy .(as that is what I had on hand.) Though the flavors seemed a strange comb for me it was delicious.  -  22 Feb 2012  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)