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Julia Child's Fish Filets Poached in White Wine

Mastering the Art of French Cooking | Julia Child

Recipe 48

- Filets de Poisson Pochés au Vin Blanc [Fish Filets Poached in White Wine], p. 208

You can buy Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking which contains this recipe here.


Butter Count: +1.5 TB

Cost: $18.45 [~$3.08 per serving]

My second attempt at cooking fish! If you read my previous blogs, you would have read about the absolute horror when I cut open my flounder in order to cook this recipe the first time around. Long story short, the flounder had worms. Red, translucent, 100% alive worms. Absolutely terrifying, and I was traumatized for a while after that. I finally become brave enough to attempt again.. But this time, NO flounder. I used trout this time around, and it was good. However, Julia suggests sole. I found it at our local Asian Market so will definitely be using that next time!

Julia Child Fish

This fish recipe is super simple. It was my first time poaching fish so I had a lot of fun with it. The white wine adds a very subtle delicious flavor to the fish. I am so excited to make the next recipe in this chapter which is this same fish with white wine and mushroom sauce. Yum! I served this poached fish with a side of broccoli and piece of garlic bread. Delicious!

Julia Child Poached Fish

In order to make this dish, shallots, lightly seasoned fish filets, and butter are put into a baking dish. I used my fairly new Lodge Dutch oven. I then barely covered the fish with a white wine and water mix. The liquid is brought to a simmer on the stove and then placed into the over for about ten minutes. Then you’re done! I told you it was simple. In the book, Julia does go on to describe how to reheat the fish while you are making a sauce. Since I decided to try poached fish without the sauce first, I will save those details for next time.

Filets de Poisson Poches au Vin Blanc Julia Child

You can find this recipe and all the other Julia Child recipes I make in Mastering the Art of French Cooking

Bon appétit!

November 4, 2019 by Laura Bullock

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