Poisson Meunière

Classic French Recipe: Poisson Meunière

Hello everyone! Today, I’m excited to share with you a classic French recipe that I absolutely adore – Poisson Meunière. This dish is a staple in French cuisine and is one of the first dishes we learn to prepare in culinary school. The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity and the exquisite flavors that come from the fresh ingredients.


For two servings of this delightful dish, you will need:

  • 300g of white fish
  • 20ml of vegetable oil
  • 80g of butter
  • A lemon
  • Parsley
  • Flour
  • Coarse salt
  • Salt and pepper

Preparing the Fish

The first step in preparing Poisson Meunière is to make the fish fillet firm. This is especially important if you’re using a fillet instead of a whole fish. To do this, we generously salt the fish and let it sit for about 10 minutes. The salt helps to firm up the flesh of the fish, ensuring that it doesn’t fall apart when we fry it later.

Classic Decor

While the fish is resting, we can prepare the classic decor for our dish. This involves creating small, decorative pieces from a lemon using a special knife. This traditional garnish is a must if you’re serving Poisson Meunière in France.

Frying the Fish

Once the fish has rested, we coat it lightly in flour and then fry it in a mixture of vegetable oil and butter. The butter should be of high quality, with a fat content of at least 82%. This is crucial for achieving the rich, buttery flavor that is characteristic of Poisson Meunière.

The Sauce

After the fish is fried to perfection, we use the pan drippings to create a delicious sauce. We add a bit of parsley and the juice of a lemon to the pan, creating a sauce that is both tangy and rich. This sauce is then poured over the fried fish, adding an extra layer of flavor to the dish.

Serving the Dish

Poisson Meunière is best served immediately after cooking. The combination of the crispy, fried fish and the tangy, buttery sauce is simply divine. Despite its simplicity, this dish is a true classic of French cuisine and is sure to impress anyone who tastes it.

Final Thoughts

Preparing Poisson Meunière is a joy. The process is simple, yet the result is a dish that is rich in flavor and steeped in tradition. The key to a great Poisson Meunière is using fresh, high-quality ingredients and taking the time to prepare each element of the dish with care. So, why not give it a try? You might just find that it becomes a new favorite in your culinary repertoire.

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