Preheat oven to 375°.
First, prepare the vegetables. This preparation is super simple once all your ingredients are chopped and ready, and especially if your grains are tender and ready. Heat a large skillet until hot. Add olive oil just to coat pan. Add onion and stir. Begin to add vegetables one at a time, from heartiest to lightest, allowing the pan to reheat before adding the next. Once they’re all in the pan, add chopped garlic and toss. These spring veggies won’t take long to cook! Add wine, allow to evaporate while stirring continuously. Remove from heat, toss in parsley, adjust seasoning with salt, black pepper and a pinch of red pepper flakes to taste. Place vegetables over cooked grains. Keep warm.
For the fish, cleaned filets from your local farmers’ or fish market are ideal. Keep the skin on to ensure a healthier, tastier and firmer fish. Lightly scoring the skin will help prevent fish from shrinking while cooking. Drizzle a little honey on the skin, season with salt and pepper. Heat butter in a skillet over high heat. Sear fish skin side down, turning once for a total 3–5 minutes cooking time. Transfer to a foil-lined baking sheet, squeeze a little lemon juice on top and set in the oven, 1–2 minutes. Remove from oven. Serve on warm plates over grains and vegetables, drizzled with vinaigrette. Garnish with fresh parsley.
Note: You can otherwise roast the fish in the oven at 375°. Season with olive oil, salt, pepper, parsley and lemon juice. Roast for 10–15 minutes, checking every few minutes until done to your liking. In the summertime, try this recipe with basil, sweet corn and tomatoes.
*Honey Lemon & Clove Vinaigrette
Place everything but the oils in a blender and blend. Add oils and blend until just together. Taste for seasoning. Shake before each use. Vinaigrette will be intentionally “broken.” It’s not meant to be thick, viscous or cloying like an emulsified dressing.
Wine Pairing: Ferrando Erbaluce di Caluso—Piedmont, Italy. The aromatic fruit, bright acidity and compelling minerality make this a super food-friendly wine that can handle the complex and subtle flavors of Derek’s fish dish. From its innovative vinaigrette to the fierce flavors of the spring vegetables, this dish will sing in harmony with this delicious and interesting white wine as its partner. —Maria Chiancola, Newport Wine Cellar & Gourmet, Newport
Recipe courtesy of Derek Wagner, chef and owner of Nick’s On Broadway in Providence and Edible Rhody's 2016 Local Hero: Chef/Restaurant!