Halibut Confit with Fermented Corn

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Medium

  • Serves

    4

Appears in

Bistronomy

By Katrina Meynink

Published 2014

  • About

You will need to start this recipe at least one day ahead.

Ingredients

  • 450 ml (16 fl oz) olive oil
  • 450 g (1 lb) halibut fillets or firm white fish, such as black pomfret, cod or snapper
  • 1 lemon, peel zested
  • generous pinch dried chilli flakes
  • ½ bunch coriander
  • 1 lemongrass stem, bruised
  • purslane leaves, to serve

Fermented Corn

  • 4 ears of corn, shucked, kernels cut from cob
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded, finely diced
  • 1 onion, peeled, finely diced
  • 3 capsicums (peppers), finely diced
  • 5 cm (2 inch) piece young ginger, peeled, grated
  • 2 peaches, stones removed, puréed with skin
  • 2 lemons, juice
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt

Dried Tomatoes

  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 1–2 handfuls hickory wood chips

Marinated Capsicum

  • 2 capsicums (peppers)
  • 100 ml ( fl oz) sherry vinegar
  • 100 ml ( fl oz) olive oil
  • sea salt

Young Corn and Ginger Sauce

  • 3 ears of corn, shucked, kernels cut from cob
  • 5 cm (2 inch) piece young ginger, peeled, grated
  • sea salt

Method

Prepare the fermented corn by combining all ingredients in a bowl. Stir, then put into a plastic or glass container, cover with muslin (cheesecloth) and leave at room temperature for 24–48 hours. It will taste slightly sour. Reserve in the refrigerator until using.

To make the dried tomatoes, preheat the oven to 135°C (275°F/Gas 1). Lay the hickory wood chips across the base of a baking tray and place the cherry tomatoes on top. Bake for 3–4 hours or until the skins are puckered and slightly dry.

Reduce the oven to 100°C (200°F/Gas ½). Heat the olive oil to 80°C (175°F) in a saucepan over high heat. Arrange the fish fillets, lemon zest, chilli flakes, coriander and lemongrass in a baking dish to fit the fish very snugly then add the olive oil to cover. Bake until just cooked (15 minutes). Set aside in oil until ready to serve.

To make the marinated capsicum, roast the capsicums over an open flame until charred on all sides. Put in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 30 minutes to allow the skins to sweat. Remove the skins, seed and slice the capsicum into wide strips. Marinate in the sherry vinegar, olive oil and salt.

To make the young corn and ginger sauce, juice the corn kernels in a vegetable juicer. Pour into a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. After 2 minutes, add the ginger, continuing to stir as the sauce begins to thicken with the natural starches. Once thickened to the texture of custard, remove from the heat, add a pinch of salt and strain through a fine sieve.

To plate, remove the fish from the oil, break into small pieces and add to a bowl with salt, olive oil and lemon juice to taste. Place two spoonfuls of fermented corn on a serving plate. Place the fish around it. Refresh the capsicum strips with the sherry vinegar, and curl on the plate. Place 4 tomatoes per person around the other components. Make 4 large dots of corn sauce on each plate. Garnish with purslane.