Herring with Potatoes & Tomato Sauce
While filming episode 1 of “Around the World with Manu” I went out on a fishing boat off the coast of Cornwall. The segment was cut from the final show but I simply had to share the recipe I made that day! We used freshly caught herring but you can substitute any small, sustainable fish you can find.
- 140 ml pure olive oil
- 10 – 12 chat or new potatoes, thinly sliced
- 4 herring, filleted and pin boned
- 1 small brown onion, cut into thin wedges
- 200 g cherry tomatoes or baby roma tomatoes
- 50 g black olives
- 1 tablespoon capers
- 2 garlic cloves, sliced
- 3 sprigs of thyme, leaves picked
- 2 sprigs tarragon, leaves picked
- Lemon halves, to serve
If you cant source herring, use a small fish variety that is local and sustainable.
- Heat 50 mls of the oil a large cast iron frying pan over high heat. Add the potatoes and leave to cook for 2 – 3 minutes. Turn potatoes and cook for a further 8 – 10 minutes, tossing occasionally, until tender and golden. Season with salt and pepper, remove from pan and keep warm.
- In the same pan, heat another 50 mls olive oil. Season the herring fillets with sea salt and pepper and add to the pan, skin side down. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes or until golden, flip and cook for a further 2 minutes or until cooked to your liking. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
- Return the same pan to the heat and drizzle in the remaining 40 ml oil, add the onions and cook for 1 – 2 minutes or until translucent. Add the tomatoes and cook for a minute before adding the olives, capers, garlic, thyme leaves. Add a little more oil if required, the juice from the tomatoes and the olive oil will make an emulsion sauce as the tomatoes cook down. Cook for 5 – 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until tomatoes have broken down and a lovely sauce has formed. Stir through half the tarragon leaves and season with salt, pepper and a good squeeze of lemon juice to taste.
- Serve the fillets on a bed of potatoes, with generous spoonfuls of sauce, a scatter of herbs and lemon cheeks.
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