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Dentex with Celery Root

No Comments » Apr 24th, 2009 | By | Category: Fish, Recipes


The Dentex (Synagrida in Greek) can be found quite a lot in the Mediterranean Sea. It is often put on a BBQ and served only with a bit of olive oil and lemon. I decided to do a different preparation with the fish and cook a recipe with vegetables.

The Dentex with Celery Root is a wonderfully simple recipe that you can prepare easily. Especially in the winter months when the celery root is in season, it is a great way of using it, preparing fish.

What I really like about this recipe, is that all you need for it is a big frying pan and lid that fits the fish easily, a knife and a gas flame or stove.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30-40 minutes
Very simple


  • Large white onion
  • One big celery root
  • One dentex (mine had roughly 800 gram)
  • 1 cup of parsley chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Salt, Pepper
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 200 ml dry white wine
  • a few spoons full of oliveoil


Heat the oil in the frying pan with medium heat. Peel the onion and cut it in medium size chunks straight into the frying pan. Peel the celery root, chop it into fine stripes and put it into the frying pan. Add salt, pepper and the parsley and fry the ingredients gently for a couple of minutes. Chop the garlic finely and throw it in the pan. A couple of minutes  later add the wine and stir. Finally add the lemon juice and let the pan simmer with the lid on, on low heat for 30 minutes.

30 minutes later lift the lid. The ingredients should be cooked well through. An almost creamy juice will have developed.

Make some space for the fish in the middle of the pan and put the fish in. Make sure at least half of the fish is covered in the juices. I usually bury the fish under the veggies.

Cover the pan with the lid and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Turn the fish and let it simmer once more for 5 minutes. The cooking time is depending on the size of the fish. You better check out if the fish is done after these 10 minutes in order not to overcook it.

Voilá, a great fish recipe for two. I like to serve the rosemary potatoes with it.

read this recipe in German language “Zahnbrasse mit Knollensellerie”
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