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Monday Meal: Oh-So Easy Poached Fish Fillets



If you can boil water (or, broth in this case), you can make this easy but tasty fish recipe. It really doesn't get any simpler.  I first came across the recipe in the New York Times  "Minimalist" column. 

This is a great way to prepare thin fish fillets such as flounder, sole, tilapia and such which can easily overcook when grilled, pan-fried or broiled. The fish simply poached in hot broth for a few minutes until it's done and the flavor is terrific.  The poaching broth makes a great "dressing" for the fish. 


1 can (14 1/2 oz) chicken broth

2-3 leeks, trims and rinsed, white and light green parts thinly sliced

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper. 

2-4 thin white fish fillets, a quarter-inch thick or so



Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a large skillet.  Allow the broth to boil until it's reduced by half. 


Add the leeks to the broth, along with salt and pepper, to taste.  Cook the leeks for a minute or so. 


Next, add the fish to the skillet in a single layer, if possible. 


Turn the heat off and cover the skillet. 


Let the fish poach in the hot broth for about 3 minutes. At 3 minutes check to see if the fish is cooked through. A thin-blade knife should encounter no resistance.  Keep checking every minute or so until the fish is done. 


Serve the fish topped with some of the broth and leeks and a sprinkling of salt. 


Photos by Ted Scheffler