Thursday, 31 March 2011

Snapper with Rhubarb sauce served with pea and watercress mash

I was determined to make fish tonight but when I came across this recipe I was a little bit dubious. I have never cooked rhubarb before and I have never ever heard of it served with a savoury dish but I am glad that I tried it.

  • 1 large bunch of rhubarb
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • pinch of saffron
  • 4 snapper fillets
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
Pea and watercress mash
  • 500g packet of frozen peas (not minted)
  • bunch of watercress, washed with approx 2cm trimmed from the end
  • tbs of butter, salt and pepper

As you can see from the photo the rhubarb sauce was a little overdone. Not to be one to shirk responsibility but my sister was responsible for saucing!

1. Wash the rhubarb, trim the ends and cut it into approximately 1/2 cm pieces. Put into a pot with the sugar and pinch of saffron over a low heat and cover. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. ( I was very tempted to add water and I just didn't understand how the rhubarb would turn into a sauce but to my surprise after cooking it on low with a lid for 10 minutes the rhubarb magically transforms into a bubbly delight!)

2. Check the rhubarb, mine was a little on the tart side if you like it a little sweeter you can add some more sugar. Set aside.

3. Heat oil in a fry pan and place snapper skin side down. Cook for approx 2-4 minutes before adding salt and pepper and turning over for an additional 2-3 minutes. Serve with rhubarb sauce.

4. For the pea and watercress puree. Bring a pot of water to the boil, add a 500g packet of frozen peas, once the water has come back to the boil thrown in the watercress and turn of water, cover and leave for 5 minutes. Drain and puree (i used a hand blender) with a tablespoon of butter, salt and pepper.


  1. Wife in trainingThursday, 31 March, 2011

    I wasn't to sure about the puree at first..... I mean peas and watercress mushed together.... boring! But after making it I couldnt believe how delicious it was and so easy to make and how healthy!!! WOW.

  2. You really should've just changed the exposure settings on your camera to make it look not overdone, rather than 'expose' your sister's failure.