John Dory With Caper, Black Olive And Vine Tomato Salad



  • 4 x 150g fillets John Dory (skin on)
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • olive oil
  • 10g butter
  • juice of half a lemon


  • 250g small plum vine tomatoes
  • 80g black olives
  • 2 small red onions
  • 75ml good-quality olive oil
  • 50g fine capers
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 50g basil shoots


For the salad, cut each tomato lengthways into halves or quarters, depending on their size. Cut the olives lengthways and remove the stones. Peel and finely slice the onions.

Place the tomatoes, olives and onions in a large bowl and combine well with the oil, capers and salt. Add half of the basil shoots and mix well. Leave to marinate in a tray or other flat container at room temperature for at least an hour (or up to 8 hours) before serving.


  1. Lightly season the fish with salt and pepper. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a high heat, then splash in some olive oil. Once the oil is hot, place the fillets flesh-side down in the pan. Take care to lay the fish away from you so that the hot oil doesn’t splash your hand.
  2. Cook the fish until golden brown (this will take no more than 2 minutes), then turn the fillets over on to their skin sides and remove the pan from the heat.
  3. Add the butter and lemon juice to the pan and allow the fish to sit in the pan for 1 minute.
  4. Divide the salad equally between 4 bowls and spoon over the juice that has collected in the tray.
  5. Lift the fish out of the pan and drain well, then place skin-side down on top of the salad. Scatter the remaining basil shoots around and serve straight away.