Grilled Fish with Romescu

Grilled Fish with Romescu

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Romescu is a sauce that evolved from a fish stew recipe and is still often considered a dish on its own. It is simple to make and has a strong, pungent taste.
Servings: 4
Calories: 766


  • 2 lbs whole fish such as trout red mullet, herring, sardines or mackerel, allowing 1-4 fish per person, depending on size.
  • Bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Romescu Almond and Hot Pepper Sauce
  • 1 to mato peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 3 tbsps ground almonds
  • 1/2 clove garlic crushed
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 tbsps red wine vinegar
  • 6 floz olive oil


  • To prepare the sauce, combine all the ingredients, except the olive oil and vinegar, in a mortar and pestle and work to a smooth mixture.
  • Transfer to a bowl, whisk in red wine vinegar and add the oil gradually, a few drops at a time, mixing vigorously
  • with a wire whisk or a wooden spoon. Make sure each addition of oil is absorbed before adding more. Once about half the oil is added, the remainder may be poured in in a thin, steady stream. Adjust the seasoning and set the sauce aside.
  • Wash the fish well, sprinkle the cavities with salt and pepper and place in a bay leaf. Brush the skin with olive oil and sprinkle with lemon juice. Place under a preheated grill and cook for about 2 - 5 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the fish. Brush with lemon juice and olive oil while the fish is grilling.
  • Serve with the sauce and lemon or lime wedges if desired.
  • The sauce may be made several days in advance and stored tightly sealed in the refrigerator. Allow the sauce to come to room temperature and whisk again before serving.
Calories: 766 kcal
Carbohydrates: 3 g
Protein: 49 g
Fat: 62g
Saturated Fat: 9 g
Cholesterol: 132 mg
Sodium: 121 mg
Potassium: 903 mg
Fiber: 1 g
Sugar: 1 g
Vitamin A: 489 IU
Vitamin C: 6 mg
Calcium: 114 mg
Iron: 4 mg
Ingredients Fish & Seafood, Trout
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