Red Mullet Escabeche with Shallots, Orange and Capers

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Appears in
Fabulous Food

By Gary Rhodes

Published 1997

  • About

Escabeche is a Spanish way of preparing fish and meat. The word itself literally means ‘pickled’ but, before pickling, the main ingredient is cooked. This dish will suit most fish, especially trout, herrings and mackerel, and the fish will take on a lot more flavour if this dish is prepared a few hours in advance.


  • 4 × 225–275 g (8–10 oz) red mullet, scaled, filleted and all pin bones removed
  • ½ cucumber, peeled and seeded


Mix the shallot rings with the capers in a small pan and add the vinegar and water. Bring to the simmer and cook for 1–2 minutes. Drain off the vinegar liquor into another small pan, reduce by a third and reserve. Keep the shallots and capers to finish the dish. Boil the two juices with their zests and one sprig of tarragon in a third small pan. Reduce by half. Once reduced, drain through a sie