Fish and Kale in Tahini sauce with crispy shallots


Canola oil for frying
3 shallots
3 tablespoon olive oil
1 kg white fish (about 6 pieces)
3/4 cup tahini
1/2 cup lemon juice
3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup warm water
1 bunch kale stems discarded, eaves coarsely chopped
Toasted pine nuts optional


  1. Whisk together tahini, lemon juice, garlic and water. Add salt to taste -about 1 teaspoon kosher salt.

  2. In a deep saucepan, heat a tablespoon of canola oil until shimmering hot,or 180ºC. Add shallots and cook until golden brown, stirring frequently. Transfer to paper towels to drain and toss immediately with a good pinch of salt. Try not to eat them all immediately.

  3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over high heat until shimmering. Working in batches if needed to avoid overcrowding the pan, brown fish on one side until it releases easily with a spatula - if it is sticking, it isn’t done browning - then transfer to a plate - it’ll finish cooking in the sauce. Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and add kale, stirring to just wilt it. Stir in sauce then return fish to the pan and nestle it in, spooning some sauce overtop. Cook for a minute or two until fish is opaque and flakes easily.
    Top with fried shallots and pine nuts if desired.