Sauteed Sea Bream with Tomato Sauternes Butter

Sheepshead fish is now officially named Sea Bream, a name fishers have been using for years.  This recipe highlights fish, market fresh tomatoes and spinach, and clarified butter (available from Nur's Meditteranean Kitchen), in a unique and flavorful way! Pick up fresh Sea Bream fillets from Clara this Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday for this Sautéed Seabream  with Tomato Sauternes Butter Sauce.


  • 3/4 cup Sauternes wine
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh shallots
  • 1 tomato, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1-1/4 cups well-chilled unsalted butter, cut into 20 pieces (20 tablespoons)
  • salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • all-purpose flour seasoned with salt, paprika and cayenne pepper
  • 4 Sea Bream fillets (7 ounces each) or other thick, white fish fillets
  • 1 tablespoon clarified butter
  • 2 pounds spinach, rinsed and stemmed
  • 1 tomato, peeled, seeded and cut into strips 1/4 inch wide (for garnish)


Combine wine, vinegar, and shallots in small heavy saucepan. Boil until liquid is reduced to 2 tablespoons, stirring occasionally. Add tomato and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes or until almost all liquid evaporates. Add cream and bring to a boil. Remove pan from heat and whisk in two pieces of butter. Reduce heat to low and return pan to heat. Whisk in remaining butter, one piece at a time, removing pan from heat briefly if drops of melted butter appear. (If the sauce breaks down at any time, remove from heat and whisk in 2 tablespoons cold butter.) When all of the butter has been added, purée sauce in blender. Season with salt and white pepper. Keep warm in a water bath or a vacuum bottle.

Place seasoned flour on a large plate. Dredge fish fillets in flour, then shake off excess flour. Heat clarified butter in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish fillets and cook for about 2 minutes per side—until just opaque. Transfer to a platter and tent with foil to keep warm.

Cook spinach in another large heavy skillet over medium-high heat until just wilted, tossing frequently. Divide spinach among individual serving plates. Arrange a fillet atop spinach and spoon sauce over all. Garnish with tomato strips. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

Recipe compliments of Gerard Maras

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