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John's Citrus Fish, Savoy Cabbage and Couscous with Peas and Chives


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided, plus extra for drizzling

  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 1 small savoy cabbage, 1 1/4 pounds, quartered then shredded

  • 2 cups chicken stock

  • Salt and pepper

  • 2 grapefruits or 4 oranges, grated zest from 1 grapefruit or 2 oranges

  • 4 red snapper fillets (8 ounces each), skin scored

  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

  • 1 1/2 cups couscous

  • 1 cup green peas

  • 2 tablespoons chopped or snipped fresh chives, 10-12 blades


Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon EVOO, 1 turn of the pan and 1 tablespoon butter. When butter melts into oil, add the cabbage and cook 2-3 minutes to wilt it down a bit. Season with salt and pepper and add 1/2 cup chicken stock to the skillet. Reduce heat to medium low and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cut ends off citrus, either grapefruit or oranges. Stand the citrus upright and trim away peel in strips with a small sharp knife cutting from top to bottom, spinning the citrus around as you work. Once cleaned of skins, cut the sections of the fruit away from the membranes. Season the fish with salt and pepper and grapefruit or orange zest. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon EVOO, 1 turn of the pan. When oil ripples, add fish. Cook fish 3-4 minutes on each side, skin side down first. Skin should be crisp and flesh should be opaque. Remove fish to a platter and cover with foil to keep warm. Return pan to stove top and add another tablespoon EVOO, 1 turn of the pan, and the shallots. Cook shallots 2 minutes then add the citrus to the pan and warm through a minute. Add white wine and reduce 1 minute then add a tablespoon of butter. Turn off heat. Shake pan to combine butter with citrus. While the sauce is working, bring 1 1/2 cups chicken stock, 1 tablespoon butter and a drizzle of EVOO to a boil in a medium pot with a tight fitting lid. When stock boils, add couscous, peas and chives to pot. Turn off heat, stir and set lid in place. Let stand 5 minutes then uncover and fluff with a fork. Transfer to a serving dish.