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Mulloway with gem lettuce, fennel and anchovies

Seafood and fennel are great friends. Here it's a fennel double-act, with the seeds scattered over the fish and the bulbs roasted underneath.

By Lisa Featherby
  • Serves 6 - 8
  • 30 mins preparation
  • 40 mins cooking
Mulloway with gem lettuce, fennel and anchovies

Ingredients

  • 4 baby fennel bulbs, cut into wedges
  • 2 Spanish onions, cut into wedges
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 6 anchovy fillets, torn
  • ¼ cup rosemary leaves (loosely packed)
  • 80 ml (⅓ cup) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 baby gem or baby cos lettuce, coarsely chopped
  • 1 whole mulloway (head removed to fit pan; 1.2kg), cleaned, fins and tail trimmed
  • 1 tsp coarsely crushed fennel seeds
  • Aïoli, lemon cheeks and crusty bread, to serve

Method

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 220C. Place fennel, onion, garlic, anchovies, half the rosemary and half the oil in a roasting pan, season to taste, then scatter with lettuce.
  • 2
    Place fish on a board and score skin in a crisscross pattern, then place on lettuce. Finely chop remaining rosemary and scatter over fish with fennel seeds. Season generously to taste, drizzle with remaining olive oil, then roast until fish is cooked through (30-40 minutes). Serve fish hot with roasted vegetables, aïoli, lemon cheeks and crusty bread.

Notes

Drink Suggestion: An Italian white, such as friulano. Drink suggestion by Max Allen.