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John Dory with asaparagus, chilli and orange salad

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4
From Saturday Kitchen
Celebrate the flavour of John Dory by simply grilling it. Serve with a flavourful salad for a fabulous fuss-free supper.


  1. Preheat the grill to high.

  2. Put the red onion, asparagus and chillies in a large bowl. Finely grate the zest of the orange and add to the salad. Cut away the peel and pith (white part) from the orange and cut out the segments from between the membranes; add to the salad and toss to combine.

  3. Season the fish all over with salt and pepper, then lay on the grill tray. Place under the grill for 3 minutes, then turn the fillets over and cook the other side for 3 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, for the dressing, whisk the ingredients together in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Just before serving add half of the dressing to the asparagus salad and toss lightly. Taste and add more seasoning if required.

  5. To serve, divide most of the salad between warmed plates. Place a grilled fish fillet on top, arrange the remaining salad on the fish and drizzle over the reserved dressing. Serve immediately.


  • 2 red onions, thinly sliced using a mandoline
  • 16 asparagus spears, woody parts removed, thinly sliced using a mandoline
  • 4 red chillies, halved, seeds removed, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange
  • 4 x John Dory, about 500g/1lb 2oz each, gutted, filleted and skinned
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the dressing

  • 4 tbsp verjuice (available online)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint leaves

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