Sea Bream with Anchovy-Tarragon Dressing and Beetroot

Serves 4

750g cooked beetroot (try and get an organic brand if you can)
salt and black pepper
olive oil, for dressing
4 Sea Bream fillets (Dorade), about 150g each, skin on
2 packs mixed cresses (shiso purple, pea tendrils)

Anchovy Dressing
6 anchovy fillets, drained
1-2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1-2 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
150 ml olive oil
1 Tablespoon chopped tarragon


Cut the beetroot into cubes. It can be gently heated up in a pan with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper.

For the anchovy dressing, put the anchovies, garlic and white wine vinegar into a food processor and whiz to a rough puree. With the motor running, slowly trickle in the olive oil until amalgamated. Transfer the dressing to a bowl and stir in the chopped tarragon.

Remove the pin bones from the sea bream fillets. Heat a frying pan till hot and add a little olive oil. Season the fish fillets with salt and pepper and place them in the hot pan, skin side down. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the skin is crisp. Turn over in the pan, turn the gas off and allow to cook through in the residual heat, about 2 minutes. Alternatively, transfer to a greased baking sheet and finish off in a 180° C oven for a couple of minutes or until the fish is opaque.

To serve, spoon the beetroot around the plates. Place a fish fillet on top and scatter the mixed cresses around. Spoon over the anchovy dressing and serve.

We, the Amsterdam Flavours chefs, hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. If you have any questions on how to prepare it or just want to send us your feedback, you can reach us here Contact Amsterdam Flavours

Wine advice: Centanni - Il Borgo