Turbot with tartare sauce ‘my way’

Turbot with tartare sauce ‘my way’

British Seafood
David Loftus

I prepared this dish for BBC2’s Great British menu, because I wanted to show that the familiar taste of fish and chips can take centre stage at any special occasion. The judges thought it was great and I really have to agree! The sauce is my interpretation of the classic tartare.


Quantity Ingredient
1 turbot, filleted, skinned and cut into 150 g portions, trimmings saved for goujons
50g plain flour
1 egg, beaten
150g japanese panko breadcrumbs
100g potatoes, peeled and diced
oil, for deep-frying
light rapeseed oil, for cooking
cornish sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Tartare sauce

Quantity Ingredient
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon english mustard
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
250ml olive oil
50ml double cream
100ml Roast fish stock, hot
2 gherkins, diced
1 teaspoon chervil, chopped
1 teaspoon chives, chopped
1 teaspoon parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon tarragon, chopped

To finish

Quantity Ingredient
1 baby gem lettuce, shredded
100g peas, blanched
50g Crispy capers
50ml Lemon oil


  1. For the goujons, cut the turbot trimmings into 2 cm wide strips. Have the flour, egg and breadcrumbs in 3 separate bowls and season the flour with salt. Pass the goujons through the flour, then the egg and finally roll in the breadcrumbs to coat all over. Set aside until ready to cook.
  2. Simmer the diced potatoes in salted water for about 7 minutes until barely tender. Drain, refresh in cold water and set aside.
  3. To make the sauce, put the egg yolk, mustard and wine vinegar into a bowl and whisk for 1 minute to combine. Slowly add the olive oil, drop by drop to begin with, then in a steady stream, whisking constantly, until the mixture is emulsified and thick. Season this mayonnaise with a little salt.
  4. When ready to serve the fish, finish the sauce. Add the cream to the mayonnaise, then slowly whisk in the hot fish stock, until the sauce is thick enough to just coat the back of a spoon. Add the lettuce and peas to the sauce and heat through for 1 minute. Finally add the diced gherkins and chopped herbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Put to one side.
  5. Heat the oil for deep-frying in a deep-fryer or other suitable deep, heavy pan to 180°C. Deep-fry the potato cubes for 4 minutes until crispy and golden. Drain on kitchen paper and keep warm. Lower the oil temperature to 160°C.
  6. Heat a frying pan and add a drizzle of oil. When hot, add the turbot portions and season with a little salt. Cook gently for 4–5 minutes until the fish is lightly golden at the edges. Carefully flip the fish over and remove the pan from the heat. The gentle residual heat will finish the cooking process.
  7. In the meantime, deep-fry the goujons in the hot oil for 2–3 minutes until golden, then remove with a slotted spoon, drain on kitchen paper and season with a little salt.
  8. Spoon the tartare sauce into 4 warmed bowls, piling the peas and lettuce in the centre. Place the turbot fillets on top and arrange the potatoes around the edge. Garnish with the goujons and crispy capers, and add a drizzle of lemon oil if you wish. Serve at once.
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