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Roasted Fish With Potatoes and Green Beans in Pesto Broth

Roasted Fish With Potatoes and Green Beans in Pesto Broth
Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg and food styling by Lisa Cherkasky; for The Washington Post
Here, flaky white fish fillets, crisp-tender green beans, and slices of potato are served immersed in a fragrant, emerald-speckled pesto broth. The healthful, roasted fish with potatoes dish has such a rustic elegance and lusciousness, you would never suspect it was so easy to prepare.

Cooked fish can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days. If you want to omit the wine, substitute with 3/4 cup additional broth plus 1 teaspoon more lemon juice.


Roasted Fish With Potatoes and Green Beans in Pesto Broth



4 skinless fillets white fish, such as sea bass, sole, cod or snapper (4 to 6 ounces each)
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
2 cloves garlic, sliced
3/4 cup dry white wine, such as pinot grigio
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3 to 4 small Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled and sliced or 10 ounces baby Yukon Gold potatoes, halved or quartered, if large
8 ounces thin green beans (haricots verts) or regular green beans halved lengthwise
1 1/2 tablespoons prepared basil pesto
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


Position the rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees.

Place the fish fillets in a medium baking dish. Use 1 tablespoon of the oil to brush both sides of the fish, then sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Place in the oven and roast for about 10 minutes per inch thickness, until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Remove the fish from the oven and cover with foil to keep warm.

While the oven preheats and the fish cooks, make the vegetables and broth. In a large, deep skillet over medium heat, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil until shimmering. Add the garlic and cook until it turns pale golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the wine, increase the heat to high and cook until it is reduced by about half, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil, then add the potato slices.

Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are nearly tender, about 10 minutes. Add the green beans and cook until they are crisp tender and the potatoes are tender, about 4 minutes more. Stir in the pesto and the lemon juice.

To serve, place a fish fillet onto each of the 4 large, shallow serving bowls or rimmed plates. Using a slotted spoon, distribute the vegetables among the plates, then spoon the broth over each.

Serving size: 4
Per serving: Calories 360; Total Fat 15g; (Sat Fat 2g); Protein 28g; Carb 21g; Fiber 28g; Cholesterol 45mg; Sodium 310mg; Sugars 2g

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