Bluefish with Onion Sauce


1 large red onion

¼ cup salt

¼ cup good olive oil

juice of a large lemon

1 cup of Italian parsley leaves, coarsely chopped

2 bluefish fillets, about ½ lb each


• Slice onion in half circles. Place it in a metal mash strainer and cover with salt. Squeeze firmly with your hands. Let it drain. After several hours, wash all the salt out of the onion under running water.

• Add olive oil, lemon juice, and parsley to crushed onions.

• Meanwhile heat a cast iron skillet on the stove. Place the fish fillets skin side down and transfer the skillet under the broiler. Let it broil for about 6 minutes (depending on the thickness of the fish.) Don’t turn them over. Take it out of the broiler and let it rest for 5 minutes.

• Transfer to two plates and decorate generously with the onion/parsley sauce.


Serves two.


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