How to cook a Whole Turbot

How to cook a Whole Turbot

Join our founders Ben and Robin at home as they show you a step-by-step guide of how to cook turbot with this quick and tasty roast Turbot recipe with potatoes, fennel and tarragon.


1-1.5kg of fresh whole scaled & gutted turbot

4 fennel bulbs, sliced

500g potatoes, sliced

1 tsp fennel seeds

2 lemons, sliced

250ml dry white wine

olive oil

a bunch of fresh tarragon with the leaves removed from the stalks

salt & pepper

  1. Cook your vegetables

    Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/Gas mark 5. Put the slices of fennel and potatoes in a large bowl, scatter over the fennel seeds and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and mix everything together to coat the vegetables with the oil. Lay out the vegetables in a baking tray easily able to contain the turbot with room to spare. Roast for 15 minutes turning halfway through.

  2. Fry the lemon slices

    Put a good slug of olive oil in a frying pan and over a high heat, cook the lemon slices until they start to colour then turn over and do the same for the other side. Put the lemons aside.

  3. Prepare your Turbot

    With a sharp knife, put 3 or 4 slashes in the skin of the fish, season with salt and pepper.

  4. Add the Turbot to the vegetables

    Once the potatoes and fennel have come out of the oven, pour the white wine over and lay the turbot on top, white skin down. Drizzle more olive oil over the fish, then arrange the lemon wedges over the fish. Scatter the tarragon leaves over the fish.

  5. Cook your fish

    Cook the Turbot for approx. 30 mins

  6. Test to see if Turbot is cooked

    Remove the fish from the oven and test to see if its cooked. Push a toothpick into the fattest part of the fish. If there is any resistance as you pull out the toothpick, the fish is not quite cooked. If the toothpick slides out easily, the fish is done. Be careful not to overcook the fish; you can test it before the 30 minutes is up. Serve the fish straight away with the potatoes and fennel.

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