Scott Leysath

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Monday, August 25, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008


So, one night I’ve got my mind set on sautéing some fresh fish fillets and topping them off with a simple, chunky tomato sauce. The problem was that I had just used up all of my delicious homegrown tomatoes to make a huge batch of tomato salsa. What to do? Using my limited mental resources, it dawned on me that the ingredients in a cool salsa are about the same as the warm tomato sauce I had pictured on top of my fish. I threw in a few other ingredients and called it tomato sauce. This recipe works with any finned creatures, but I prefer it with lighter, flaky fish like halibut or small stripers. Serve with pasta.

Sautéed Fish with Chunky Tomato Sauce
4 servings
4  6 – 8 ounce fish fillets, skin on or off
salt and pepper
3  Tbl olive oil
1  Tbl butter
2  garlic cloves, minced
1  Tbl capers, rinsed and drained
1  tsp Italian seasoning
1  cup prepared tomato salsa
1/2  tsp balsamic vinegar

     Season  fish with salt and pepper. Heat 1 Tbl of the olive oil along with the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add fish and sauté on both sides until lightly brown and just cooked. To prepare sauce, heat remaining 2 Tbl oil in a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and capers and cook for 2 – 3 minutes or until garlic is lightly browned. Stir in remaining ingredients and heat to warm. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon sauce over fish.

     Cooking Tip – If you like your tomato sauce on the smooth side, process the finished sauce in a food processor or blender. Set your fish atop some warm pasta and spoon some shredded parmesan cheese over.
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