Thursday 24 March 2011

Plaice stuffed with smoked salmon, horseradish and dill

Smoked salmon, horseradish and dill stuffed plaice-3

I was dead set on buying some artic char from the fishmonger for dinner. But when I saw that plaice (or rödspätta in Swedish) was a quarter of the price the decision to spend £2.50 rather than a tenner was an easy one to make.

So out went my idea of gorging on artic char with a horseradish crust and instead I was left with a large flatfish and a desire to do something more interesting than just smother it in butter and bake it with white wine and dill. My search for interesting Swedish plaice recipes yielded a handful of recipes couldn’t have been more dull, so I turned instead to an idea that I spotted on Jamie Oliver’s website. He suggests stuffing flat fish with prawns, parsley, lemon and onions. I didn’t fancy the recipe, but I loved the technique. So I switched things around and stuffed my plaice with a Swedish combination of smoked salmon, freshly grated horseradish and dill – all mixed together with plenty of butter, pepper and lemon zest. It’s cheap, super tasty and looks rather fancy for plain old plaice.

Serves 1


1 good sized plaice
100g of chopped up smoked salmon (trimmings are fine)
An inch of horseradish, grated
40g butter
1 lemon
2 sprigs of dill
Glass of white wine
Olive oil
Salt and pepper


With a very sharp knife slice the plaice along the central bone from just below the head to the tail on the upper side. Carefully slice along the bone so that the fillets flab backwards to reveal a cavity. If this seems complicated watch this.

Mix the butter, horseradish, smoked salmon, dill, pepper, salt and lemon zest. Form it into a ball and stuff it into the cavity. Lay the fish in an oiled baking dish and pour in a slug of white wine. Season with salt and pepper and scatter in a few cloves of garlic and wedges of lemon. Cook in a very hot oven for 4 minutes and then baste the fish with the juices. Cook for a further 4 minutes and then, if done, serve as it is or with some plain boiled potatoes and guzzle a nice glass of Grüner or Sauvignon Blanc.

The horseradish, smoked salmon and dill proved to be a punch stuffing which really livened the plaice up. Having tried it once, it’s a technique I’m keen to repeat with some other innovative stuffings. I imagine chipotle butter might be fun.


Anonymous said...

That's a great idea! Now if only I could get plaice that wasn't ready for The Body Farm here in Miami, I would have a super meal. I used to eat plaice nearly every night when I stayed two weeks at that hotel over the station in GBG, they do an amazing job in the restaurant there, if you go just have it plain with potatoes, they cover it in cucumbers and dill, it was overkill. I like it a la meuniere, too, it is a bit bland, but a nice fresh rodspatta is a good thing :)

Unknown said...

Wicked idea! I've nabbed plaice at Billingsgate for about a poune each (only big enough for one), this would be a pretty classy dish for a dinner party to do individual ones..

Corina said...

This looks great. I haven't had plaice since I was a child but I'm going to look out for it now.

The Viking said...

Oh my... I love a bit of Plaice, and this looks so very nice indeed. My other half doesn't like fish, so one day when she's out this is going to be a fishy feast for one!

Jonathan said...

@Anonymous - Plain with potatoes is classic stuff. Super tasty. Lots of butter helps too! Come back soon.

@Oliver - A pound for a plaice is amazing value. They're super fish - especially if you get one that's a good size. My only caution about the dinner party idea is that I hope you've got a big oven! Love the idea though. Great theatre.

@Corina - Get the plaice in. You'll be transported.

@The Viking - Will be perfect when the Mrs is out for the night. Enjoy.


Hollow Legs said...

What a pretty picture! I'd have never thought to give it a good stuffing.


Jonathan said...

@Lizzie - Wahey! You've inspired me to build more innuendo into my posts from now on. Stay tuned.

Kathy Brown said...

Your photos are quite brilliant

Going With My Gut said...

This looks PHAT! Want to try it soon... would be cool for a dinner party



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