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frank stitt fish recipeFrank Stitt shares Fish Paillard with fig relish recipe.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

Today I am in the kitchen with Birmingham’s most celebrated chef, Frank Stitt. Stitt coould have chosen to cook a dish that would show off his culinary skills to cook for us today. But instead he is cooking a simple, French fish dish, which we “at home cooks” can easily make.

His Fish Paillard is served at Chez Fonfon and at Highlands Bar and Grill, which Stitt owns with his wife and business partner, Pardis along with their Bottega Café and Bottega Restaurant.


Fish Paillard and Fig Relish Ingredients:
chef frank stitt recipe

4 2 ½ Ounce thin slices of very fresh fish, such as tuna, wahoo, cobia, swordfish, or grouper (lightly pounded to an even thickness about 3 inches X 2 inches and less than ¼ inch thick)
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 Fig leaves
4 Ripe yet firm figs, cut into quarters
1 Red onion, cut into thick slices and charred on a grill or in a pan, coarsely chopped
4 Sprigs of fresh mint
4 Parsley leaves
6 Walnut halves
2 Teaspoons sherry vinegar
½ Lemon


chef frank stitt simple grilled fish chez fonfon

chez fonfon fig recipeFish Paillard and Fig Relish Procedure:
Season the fish with salt and pepper and rub with one tablespoon of olive oil. Grill the fish on one side until rare. Grill the fig leaves until charred and aromatic. In a mixing bowl, combine the figs, onion, torn mint leaves, picked parsley leaves, and walnuts. Add the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil, vinegar and juice of one half of one lemon. Place the fig leaf on a plate (as a non-edible garnish) and the grilled fish alongside the leaf. Spoon the fig relish over all and serve. Serves two.



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