Many cooks like cooking green beans until they're just tender and bright green; here we simmer them in a rich tomato sauce until they're soft. They lose a bit of colour, but the trade-off is they soak up the beautiful flavour.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 skinless barramundi fillets (200gm each)
- 50 ml extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
- ½ cup each mint and dill, coarsely chopped
Braised green beans
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 1 baby fennel bulb, thinly sliced, fronds reserved
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 300 gm green beans, trimmed and thinly sliced
- 400 gm canned chopped tomatoes
- 100 ml dry white wine
- 1/4 cup each (firmly packed) dill and flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
- Juice of 1 lemon, or to taste
- 1Preheat oven to 220C. For braised beans, heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, add onion, fennel and garlic and sauté until tender (4-5 minutes). Stir in beans, then tomato and wine, season to taste and simmer until beans are tender (5-6 minutes). Add herbs and lemon juice and keep warm.
- 2Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat, add fish, fry until well browned (2-3 minutes), then turn and brown other side. Transfer to an oven tray, season to taste and roast until just cooked through (2-3 minutes). Meanwhile, wipe out pan with paper towels, add extra-virgin olive oil and garlic and cook over medium heat until light golden (1 minute). Add herbs and lemon rind, fry until crisp (1-2 minutes), then remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.
- 3Top braised green beans with fish, herb and garlic mixture and fennel fronds and serve with lemon wedges.