This recipe works with any citrus fruit, but I made it most recently with clementines because they seem especially abundant and affordable this winter, so we had bought a big box! It is a good way to use up clementines (or an orange or lemon, or probably it would work with limes or a grapefruit) that are getting kind of old for fresh eating but aren’t actually moldy or vinegary-smelling.
This recipe also works with either mild white fish or salmon. We usually eat it with rice and a green vegetable such as broccoli. I like to put my fish and vegetable on top of the rice and then spoon the sauce from the fish pan over the whole meal.
To make 3 main-dish servings, you will need:
- 3 fish fillets (fresh, frozen, or thawed)
- 2 clementines, 1 orange or lemon, or 1/4 cup frozen concentrated orange juice (scoop it out of the can and then mix up the rest of the juice for drinking)
- 1/4 onion, or 1 green onion
- 2 tsp. dried parsley
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- butter to grease the baking pan
Consult fish packaging for appropriate oven temperature and baking time. Preheat oven.
Dice onion. (If green onion, use both white and green parts.) Cook onion and parsley in oil in a small pot until onion begins to brown.
Peel clementines and slice them horizontally (across the sections) about 1/4 inch thick. Remove any seeds.
Grease baking pan. Lay fish in it. Lay slices of clementines over the fish. Top with onion mixture. (If using concentrated juice, stir it into the onion mixture before spooning it over the fish.)
Bake until fish easily flakes apart when you poke it with a fork. Serve with some fruit on each portion.
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P.S. Apologies to my subscribers for the long gap between posts! Right after returning from our Christmas travels, my whole family was stricken with viral bronchitis. Although it will not harm the baby, my being pregnant has made the illness especially depleting for me, and I have spent more than two weeks mostly lying in bed coughing. I am finally getting better, and writing this post and the one that will go up tomorrow is my “work” for today to test whether I am able to return to my job tomorrow. I hope all my readers are having a healthier, happier new year than I have so far!
UPDATE: This photo is from our Easter dinner in 2020, when the pandemic gave us the surprising privilege of planning an Easter dinner instead of making something out of church leftovers! Check out my other tips on holiday celebrations in isolation.