Merry Christmas everyone!

This quick dish from the New York Times turns a plain fish fillet into something special. Melt some butter and stir in garlic, thyme, curry powder, ginger and lemon zest. Pour the sauce on the fish, squeeze some lemon juice over the top and broil for about five minutes.

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

Use butter that contains only cream. Check the curry powder to make sure it does not contain colour or anti-caking agents. Use fresh lemon juice, as the concentrate is bitter and contains sodium benzoate.

Make the lemon-curry butter

Pour the sauce over the fish and broil

Broiled fish with lemon-curry butter


4 tablespoons (60 ml) unsalted butter

4 garlic cloves, finely grated or minced

1½ tablespoons (25 ml) minced thyme leaves

1½ teaspoons (7 ml) curry powder

1½ teaspoons (7 ml) grated ginger

¼ teaspoon (1 ml) fine sea salt, more as needed

¾ teaspoon (3 ml) finely grated lemon zest

Ground black pepper, to taste

4 (6-ounce/175 g) blackfish, flounder or hake fillets

Fresh lemon juice, for serving

Dill fronds or fresh parsley, for serving


Heat the broiler. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in garlic, thyme, curry powder, ginger and ¼ teaspoon (1 ml) salt; heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in lemon zest.

Season fish with salt and pepper and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Pour sauce over fish and broil until fish is flaky and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Top with a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh dill, and serve. Serves 4.

From the New York Times