Grilled red mullet with squid, flatleaf parsley and capers



  • 1 bunch flatleaf parsley, leaves picked
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 25g/1oz black olives
  • 25g/1oz piquillo peppers, peeled and cut in strips
  • 10g/½oz fine capers
  • 1 lemon, cut into segments
  • 20g/¾oz orzo pasta, cooked in saffron stock, cooled
  • 50ml/2fl oz extra virgin oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 red mullet fillets, scaled and pin-boned
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 200g/7oz baby squid, cleaned
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled, sliced and blanched
  • 175ml/6fl oz 3-year-old Banyuls wine, reduced to 1 tbsp


  1. Preheat the grill.

  2. Mix the parsley, shallots, olives, peppers, capers and lemon in a bowl. Combine with the orzo.

  3. Drizzle in a little olive oil and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Mix thoroughly.

  4. Place the red mullet fillets on a baking tray brushed with a little of the olive oil.

  5. Brush the top of the fillet with a little more oil and season with salt and pepper.

  6. Place under the grill and cook for one to two minutes.

  7. Heat a heavy pan with a little olive oil in it until smoking. Quickly sear the squid and garlic slices.

  8. Season with salt and black pepper and remove from the heat then place on kitchen paper to drain.

  9. Add the squid to the parsley salad and divide among the four plates.

  10. Place two fillets on each plate resting on the parsley salad.

  11. Pour a little extra virgin oil around the plate and finally a drizzle of reduced wine. Serve at once.