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plated prepared tautog over fingerling potatoes with herbs

RECIPE: Pan-Seared Tautog with Salsa Verde and Roasted Fingerlings

  • Author: Vanessa Seder
  • Yield: Serves 4


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For the roasted potatoes:

  • 1 pound fingerling potatoes
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the salsa verde:

  • 2 medium cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed chopped fresh basil
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the tautog:

  • 4 tautog fillets
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


For the potatoes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F
  2. Halve the potatoes and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Add the sprigs of rosemary, thyme, olive oil, salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Spread out on the baking sheet and place in the oven. 
  3. Roast the potatoes, tossing once or twice during cooking, until the potatoes are cooked through and golden brown in parts, about 45 minutes. 

For the salsa verde:

  1. Meanwhile, place the garlic cloves on a cutting board. Using the side of a chef’s knife, press to crush the garlic. Add the salt to the garlic and continue to chop and press with the side of the knife until a paste forms. 
  2. Transfer the salted garlic to a bowl along with the orange zest, lemon zest, lemon juice, and olive oil. Stir in the parsley and basil, and season to taste with pepper. Set aside.

For the tautog:

  1. Remove the fish from the refrigerator and transfer plate lined with paper towel. Let stand for 15 minutes at room temperature. Before frying, make sure the surface of the fish is very dry, using paper towels to wipe up any additional moisture. Season both sides of the fish with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large 12-inch cast-iron or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and heat until it shimmers.
  3. Carefully add the tautog fish to the skillet, presentation side down. Lightly press down on the fish to create a nice sear, do not move the fish. Cook until golden brown on the surface, 4 to 5 minutes. Use a fish spatula to carefully flip the fish and continue to cook 2 to 3 minutes until just opaque.