Le Bernardin's Crispy-Skinned Fish

July 20, 2011

Author Notes: A simple formula for doing right by fish, adapted from On the Line by Eric Ripert and Christine Muhlke (with a surprise ingredient straight out of the 1960s).Genius Recipes

Serves: 4
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil (enough to coat the bottom of the pan)
  • Four 6-ounce skin-on fish fillets (like striped bass or salmon)
  • 1 dash Fine sea salt
  • 1 dash Freshly ground white pepper (black is fine too, if you don't mind the speckles)
  • 1 handful Wondra flour for dusting
In This Recipe


  1. Heat the oven to 400°F. Heat the oil in a large, oven- and flame-proof sauté pan on the stovetop until the oil is very hot, but not smoking.
  2. Season the fish on both sides with salt and pepper and dust with Wondra flour. Blow off excess.
  3. Put the fish in the pan, skin side down, and press down on the fish with a spatula. (The skin immediately contracts and buckles, but you want to keep it all in contact with the pan for maximum crisping.) Sear on the stovetop over medium heat until golden brown on the bottom, about 3 minutes.
  4. Turn the fish over, put the pan in the oven, and cook another 2 to 3 minutes, until a metal skewer can be easily inserted into the center of the fillet and, if left for 5 seconds, feels just warm when touched to your lip. Serve immediately.

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