I must confess I am a cooking show junkie.
This recipe is one from MKR (or My Kitchen Rules). For those of you who don't know, it is a reality cooking show where couples compete against each other for a cash prize.
When one couple, Megan and Andy (aka seafood king), cooked this dish, originally Coral Trout with Prawn and Crab, they scored 57/60!
It looked heavenly and not that difficult, so of course I had to try it.
We used Snapper as Coral Trout was not available. Neither fish is considered sustainable but actually Snapper is actually the worse of the two :(
My husband filleted his first fish.
The dish begins with a fish stock using the carcass, onion, celery, carrot, fennel, white wine and herbs.
The crab is boiled for a few minutes then all the meat reserved.
Meanwhile the base of the bisque is cooked, onion, garlic, carrot and fennel, followed by the prawn heads and shells.
The fish stock is strained into the prawn stock and cooked for almost 20 minutes before that is also strained.
You then reduce it some more and add cream, seasoning and butter to this amazing sauce.
Before serving I popped in the prawns that had been boiled briefly for a minute and the crab meat.
The fillets are cooked in the frypan, three minutes skin side down, then turn over for one, then rested while the dish assembled.
I accompanied ours with beans, topped with the prawn and crab, surrounded by the incredible bisque. The fish is placed on topped and garnished with fennel fronds.
Seriously this dish was amazing.
The entire family went crazy for it.