Gurnard with Mussels & Saffron


Species: White Fish
Difficulty: Intermediate
Preparation Time: 15 mins minutes
Cooking Time: 15 mins minutes


  • 2 heaped tbsp butter
  • 4 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 stick of celery, finely chopped
  • 8 saffron strands
  • 2 large or 4 small fillets of gurnard, skinned and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 500g of live mussels
  • 2 glasses of white wine
  • 2 tsp tomato purée
  • 1 tin (275g) cooked cannelini beans, drained
  • Parsley to garnish
Recipe - Gurnard


Melt the butter in a casserole dish and add the garlic, celery and saffron. Cook over a medium heat, stirring until soft but not coloured.

Add the fish, and sauté for a couple of minutes. The fish should still be quite firm.

Add the mussels, then pour in the wine. Cook until the wine bubbles, then add the tomato purée, the cannelini  beans and a little water.

Bring to the boil and cook gently for a few minutes until the fish is cooked and the mussels are wide open.

Serve spooned into bowls, with toasted bread rubbed with garlic & drizzled with olive oil on the side.