Baked filet of fish with tomato

Do you want a very fresh, simple recipe for fish? This takes only a few minutes to prepare and cook.

I use grouper or any other very fresh filet of fish.  When you shop for the fish, make sure the filets are of consistent thickness so they bake evenly.

Ingredients for 4-6 people

  • 1 filet of fish per person
  • ½ cup virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound fresh tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 1/3 cup olives
  • Salt and, if you like, black or red pepper to taste

How to make this recipe

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425° F (220° Celsius)
  2. Put in a food processor olive oil, garlic, tomatoes and basil, salt, pepper, and mix just a little bit–do not exaggerate, just process until the tomatoes are still chunky.
  3. Put fish in a baking dish. Pour the tomato mixture from the food processor over the filets.
  4. Add the olives, and then turn the fish over so that both sides are coated with the tomato blend.
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  5. Cook for 5 minutes, then pull the pan from oven, and turn over the filets. Cook for another 5 minutes (add or subtract a minute or two, depending on the thickness of the filet). Garnish with a sprig of fresh basil.
  6. Buon appetito!

Suggested Wine Pairing

Ideally, if you can find it, a sparkling white from Librandi called “Labella”, otherwise a cold “Pecorino”.

Italian version:

  1. Un filetto di cernia o di altro pesce, a testa.
  2. Mettere nel food processor circa 250 g di pomodori freschi con la buccia, 1 spicchio d’aglio, 1 tazzina di caffè di olio d’oliva, 1 mazzetto di basilico, sale e se vi piace 1 peperoncino rosso. Mischiare un pó per amalgamare il tutto senza esagerare!  Non deve essere  una pappa liquida!
  3. Mettere i filetti di pesce nella teglia da forno, girarli, versarci sopra le olive, e infornare a 220 C (forno già caldo) per circa 10 min girando una volta.
  4. Buon appetito!