Poached Branzino With Beurre Blanc Recipe

Making a fancy fish dish has never been easier

It's time to skip the same old salmon and take dinner for two to the next level. In this recipe from Günter Seeger, branzino fillets are poached in white wine and Pernod before getting coated in a rich yuzu sauce and topped with grated cucumber. It's a fancy fish dinner that takes only 20 minutes to make.

For the uninitiated, yuzu is an Asian citrus that tastes like a grapefruit crossed with a mandarin. You can often find bottles of both yuzu juice and white soy sauce in Asian markets or specialty food stores. Both add acidity and salt to this rich sauce.

To learn more, read "Big Fish."

Recipe adapted from Günter Seeger, Günter Seeger NY, New York, NY

Poached Branzino With Beurre Blanc
4.8 from 41 ratings
Delicate branzino fillets are poached in Pernod before getting topped with a yuzu butter sauce, grated cucumber and mustard greens.
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Total time: 20 minutes
  • ¼ large (4 ounces) English cucumber—peeled, seeded and finely grated on a Microplane
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound (2 each) branzino fillets
  • 3 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons Pernod
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed, plus more for greasing
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white soy sauce, plus more to taste
  • ¾ tablespoon yuzu juice
  • Red mustard green leaves, for garnish
  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Place the grated cucumber in cheesecloth and squeeze out all the liquid. Transfer the cucumber to a small bowl and stir in the vinegar and grapeseed oil. Season with salt and pepper, then set aside.
  2. In a greased ovenproof 10-inch skillet, place the branzino fillets side by side and cover with the white wine and Pernod. Season with salt and place in the oven. Bake until the fish is opaque and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer the fillets to warm plates.
  3. Place the skillet with the poaching liquid on the stovetop over medium-high heat and simmer until reduced by half, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the butter and olive oil to emulsify. Stir in the soy sauce and yuzu, adding more soy sauce to taste.
  4. Divide the cucumber between the plates of fish, then garnish each with a red mustard green leaf. Spoon the sauce over top, then serve.
Calories per Serving 669
Total Fat 48.0 g
Saturated Fat 18.3 g
Trans Fat 0.9 g
Cholesterol 154.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 3.5 g
Dietary Fiber 0.7 g
Total Sugars 1.0 g
Sodium 862.1 mg
Protein 43.1 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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