A healthy fish dish to make on a weekend.


  • 24 raw crayfish tails

  • 50g butter

  • 2 wreckfish or sea bass fillets, skin on, pin boned

  • 100g samphire

  • For the bisque

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 50g butter

  • 2 shallots, finely chopped

  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon tomato purée

  • 500g crayfish shells

  • 2 tablespoons brandy

  • 1 litre fish stock

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 sprigs of flat-leaf parsley

  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • For the buckwheat

  • 100g buckwheat

  • 50g unsalted butter


  • 1.

    Start by blanching the crayfish tails. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, add the crayfish tails and cook for 1 minute. Immediately drain and refresh under cold water. Carefully pull the meat from the shells, reserving both the shells and the crayfish meat.

  • 2.

    To make the bisque, heat the oil and butter in a large frying pan and gently fry the shallots and fennel for 2–3 minutes until softened. Add the tomato purée and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the crayfish shells and brandy and cook for a further minute. Add the fish stock, bay leaves and parsley and bring to a simmer. Cook for 20–25 minutes, or until the volume of liquid has reduced by a third. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly, then pour into a food processor and blend to a fine purée. Pass the purée through a sieve into a clean saucepan and season the bisque to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm.

  • 3.

    Cook the buckwheat in a saucepan of simmering salted water for 10–15 minutes until just tender, then drain. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat and add the butter. Once it has turned brown, add the buckwheat and sauté for 2 minutes until hot and coated in the butter.

  • 4.

    Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan and add 25g of the butter. Once hot, add the fish fillets and crayfish meat and cook for 2 minutes on each side. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat and add the remaining 25g of butter. When it’s hot, add the samphire and cook for 1–2 minutes.

  • 5.

    To serve, put some buckwheat on serving plates, then place some samphire alongside. Spoon some bisque onto the plate, then top with the wreck fish and crayfish.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (2 servings)

  • Energy 1315kj
  • Fat Total 79g
  • Saturated Fat 42g
  • Protein 92g
  • Carbohydrate 57g
  • Sugar 9g
  • Sodium 2887mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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