Red Mullet Fillets with Sautéed New Potatoes, Zucchini and Tapenade

Credit: Didier Loire
Ingredients (4 people)

Potatoes and Zucchini

  • 10 1/2 ounces new potatoes (300 g)
  • 1 sprig tarragon
  • 1 sprig sage
  • 1 clove unpeeled garlic
  • 1 ounce butter (30 g)
  • 7 ounces piena di Napoli zucchini (200 g)


  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 3 1/2 ounces olive paste (100 g)
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar (1 cl)
  • 1 teaspoon brined capers
  • 2 basil leaves


Step 1: Potatoes and Zucchini

Cook the potatoes in their skins in salt water along with the tarragon, sage, and garlic.

When cool, peel the potatoes and remove the ends. Cut the potatoes into even, 1/5 inch (5 mm) thick slices. Sear them in some olive oil, and brown in a dab of frothy butter.

Slice the zucchini into shavings, and cook in a covered pan in some olive oil without browning. Once cooked, add a dab of butter to bind.

Step 2: Tapenade

Blend the anchovy paste, olive paste, sherry vinegar, chopped capers, and thinly sliced basil. Season with freshly ground pepper and fleur de sel, then emulsify with seasoning olive oil.

Step 3: Red Mullet

Cut away the red mullet fillets, and remove the bones with tweezers. Season and sear, skin-side down, then flip and finish cooking on the other side.

Step 4: Plating

Cut the chives into pieces around 1/10 inch (3 cm) long.

Serve the potato slices and zucchini shavings on the plates. Place the fillets on top of the potatoes, skin side up, and add the garlic croquettes.

Spoon a little tapenade onto each fillet, and spoon a little around the plates as well. Sprinkle the chives over the top of the dish, and season with seasoning olive oil, fleur de sel, and freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately.

This recipe was originally published in "Culinary Encyclopedia by Alain Ducasse" (Éditions Alain Ducasse). See all credits