Fennel bulb, when eaten raw in salads, has a subtle licorice flavor and crisp texture. When cooked, it mellows and softens. In this recipe the sautéed fennel combines with the piquant tapenade to create a saucy and savory vegetable topping for the fish. Serve over rice.
Prep: 6 minutes; Cook: 13 minutes
4 (6-ounce) red snapper or other firm white fish fillets
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced (about 3 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
1 large tomato, chopped
3 tablespoons refrigerated olive tapenade
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
How to Make It
Sprinkle fillets evenly with salt and pepper. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; coat pan and fillets with cooking spray. Add fish to pan, skin sides up. Cook 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pan.
Coat pan with cooking spray. Add fennel and onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add tomato, tapenade, and lemon juice; stir well. Return fillets to pan, nestling them into fennel mixture. Cover and cook 7 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Spoon fennel mixture over fillets to serve.
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