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Olive Oil Poached Bluefish Crostini

Posted by on June 4, 2012

Bluefish is a very oily, delicious fish but it sometimes is challenging to cook because it is so strongly flavored. My favorite is smoked bluefish, but until we have a smoker (and a backyard to put it in), I have to find other ways to make it. These crostini are excellent and the pickled salad on top really cuts through the richness.

Olive Oil Poached Bluefish Crostini

1 8-ounce fillet of bluefish, skinned and cut into 1″ pieces

6-8 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (or enough to cover the fish)

4 cloves garlic

1 sprig rosemary

3 tablespoons chopped gherkins, pickled onions, and/or pickles (homemade or store-bought)

1/2 cup baby greens of your choice

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

red pepper flakes (optional)

lemon wedges

6 baguette slices, toasted (or as much as needed for your fish)

Choose a baking dish that just holds the fish in a single layer. Add the garlic and rosemary to the dish and cover everything with olive oil. (As long as you use a small dish, it shouldn’t take too much olive oil. Leftover oil is great just drizzled on crusty bread).

Bake the fish at 350 degrees for 15 minutes covered with foil. Meanwhile, combine the pickles, greens, vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes in a bowl and stir to combine. It will come together while the fish cooks.

Place some fish on each baguette slice and drizzle with some of the olive oil. Top with some of the pickled salad and squirt with a lemon wedge.

8 Responses to Olive Oil Poached Bluefish Crostini

  1. apuginthekitchen

    Love this, I also find blue fish to be a tad fishy and your acidic topping is perfect. Poaching fish in olive oil is fantastic.

  2. Julia Fairchild

    I felt overwhelmed and disappointed the ONE time I tried to make bluefish. It ended up just that, fishy and oily. I thought it was my malfunction. I never thought to make it like this! Sounds awesome.

  3. StefanGourmet

    Is bluefish the same as mackerel?

    • m&m

      No, it’s it’s own fish. You find it a lot in New England, and it’s similar to mackerel. You could definitely substitute mackerel or any oily fish.

      • StefanGourmet

        Thanks :-) I had a very nice Garlic soup & Bluefish in a restaurant in Tenerife (that I still want to recreate) and I thought it was very much like mackerel.

  4. Leslie Chapman

    Looks tasty :) I’ve never had bluefish before, so I will have to look for it at the store next time.

  5. mzrubyd

    I love smoked bluefish…it has the most amazing flavor. If I can get my hands on some blue fish here, I’ll give this recipe a try, and as well, smoke it also.

  6. peachkins

    Oh this looks really delicious!