Make way for another incredible fish recipe… Baked White Fish with Charred Tomatoes and Feta!
You know I’m already obsessed with different ways of making fish. Give me a steamed, broiled or baked fish any day of the week. I’m always trying to keep my stove as clean as possible for as long as possible. This Baked White Fish with Charred Tomatoes and Feta is another one to add to your rotation. You’re not steaming or poaching the fish, but nestling it into the warmed tomato sauce and then finishing it in the oven. It keeps your stove clean, no oil splattered anywhere and it’s downright delish.
The big salty chunks of feta and lemon brighten this up too to give it extra flavor! You’ll be obsessed!
Baked White Fish with Charred Tomatoes and Feta
A mediterranean spin on fish with big chunks of feta, plenty of lemon and an easy tomato sauce.
- 1 large yellow onion thinly sliced
- 1 large leek thinly sliced (white and light green parts only)
- 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 cloves garlic thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons cumin seeds lightly crushed
- 2 teaspoons tomato paste
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 pound peeled and chopped canned Italian plums tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons thyme leaves plus extra for garnish
- 2 strips shaved lemon peel
- 4 filets rock fish
- 2/3 cup feta, torn into chunks
- red pepper flakes to taste
- 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice
- Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- flat leaf parsley for garnish
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
In a large oven-safe skillet, sauté the onion, leek and bell pepper in the olive oil on a medium heat for about 10 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and cumin and cook for another minute. Stir in the tomato paste and then add the white wine. Allow this to bubble away for a couple of minutes. Mix in the tomatoes, half of the thyme, the lemon peel, 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper and stir well. Simmer gently until the sauce thickens, 15-20 minutes, adding a little extra water if it goes much thicker than your typical pasta sauce. Taste and add salt and pepper accordingly. Remove from the heat and discard the lemon peel.
Season the rock fish pieces with salt and pepper and nestle them into the tomato sauce. Press the feta pieces around the fish so that they are also slightly submerged in the sauce. Finish with the remaining tablespoon of thyme leaves. Place on the top rack of the oven and bake for 8-12 minutes, until the seafood is just cooked, the sauce bubbles nicely and the cheese turns golden.
Just before the fish is done, melt the butter in a small frying pan until it starts to foam. Add the red pepper flakes and cook until the butter just begins to brown. Pour in the lemon juice, stir and remove from the heat. Spoon this over the hot skillet as soon as it comes out of the oven. Serve with crusty ripped bread on the side and garnish with parsley.