The 50th Anniversary Issue

Our 50th birthday issue is on sale now. We're celebrating five decades of great food and travel with our biggest issue yet.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller before 27th November, 2016 and receive a Villeroy & Boch platter!

Gourmet on your iPad

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad.

Grilled coral trout with pickled Buddha’s hands

You'll need

4 coral trout fillets, pin-boned (about 175gm each) 25 ml extra-virgin olive oil To serve: green salad   Pickled Buddha’s hands 2 large Buddha’s hands or unwaxed organic lemons (see note) 50 ml lemon juice 1 tsp caster sugar 1 fresh bay leaf   Olive oil sauce ½ tsp white peppercorns 1 star anise 1 tbsp each coriander seeds and fennel seeds 250 ml (1 cup) organic extra-virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove, halved ¼ bunch each tarragon, parsley, dill and chives, finely chopped 1 lemon, finely grated rind and juice only


  • 01
  • For pickled Buddha’s hands, slice Buddha’s hands very thinly and transfer to a bowl, add remaining ingredients, 25gm sea salt and 50ml water. Scatter over a non-reactive tray in a single layer, cover with a damp absorbent cloth and stand at room temperature, turning occasionally, keeping cloth damp, until pickled (1-2 weeks).
  • 02
  • For olive oil sauce, dry-roast spices in a small frying pan until fragrant (1-2 minutes). Combine extra-virgin olive oil with spices and garlic, refrigerate to infuse (6 hours-overnight), pass through a fine sieve, then add herbs, lemon juice and rind and season to taste.
  • 03
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan or char-grill over high heat. Season fish with sea salt, brush with olive oil and cook skin-side down, applying a little pressure so fish cooks evenly (3-5 minutes), then turn and cook until just cooked through (1-2 minutes). Drain on absorbent paper, transfer to a serving plate, top with pickled Buddha’s hands, then dress with olive oil sauce. Serve with a green salad.
Note Buddha’s hands are available from Asian grocers. You can use lemons instead.

Pristine fish prepared simply is such a culinary pleasure, especially when dressed with our Australian world-class extra-virgin olive oil infused with fragrant herbs. The pickled Buddha’s hands in this recipe should be a welcome addition to your fridge as they have many other uses such as flavouring risotti, stews and roasts. You’ll need to begin this recipe a week ahead.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
things to do this autumn

Whether it's foraging for wild mushrooms in a picturesque Victorian forest or watching a film by moonlight in Darwin, we've got you covered with 20 exciting autumn experiences from around Australia.

Read More
Gourmet TV

Check out our YouTube channel for our latest cover recipes, chef cooking demos, interviews and more.

Watch Now

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

You might also like...

Adriano Zumbo's Christmas recipes


Christmas pudding ice-cream

Holiday entertaining recipes


Raspberry and Mint Mojito

David Thompson's Thai recipes


Neil Perry: Prawn cocktail

Strawberry recipes


Serge Dansereau: Blueberry vanilla tart

Longrain recipes


Barbecue trout bundles with prosciutto and button mushrooms

Barbecue recipes


Serge Dansereau: Homemade lemonade

Fast spring recipes


Serge Danserau: Duck confit and potato terrine

Chorizo recipes


conversion tool

get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.