John Dory with Prawns on Lemon and Chive Sauce

This is such an elegant dish for a dinner party, I once used this dish as part of a nine course food and wine matching menu as the fish course. Give it a try it’s fairly simple as well and the results are spectacular. Serve with silver beet, spinach, broccoli or another preferred green vegetable as a beautiful colour contrast. The sauce should be velvety and clean tasting.


Ingredients – serves 4

4 John Dory fillets or other white fish

8 prawns raw and de shelled

300ml Fish stock

50ml White wine

1 Juice and zest of lemon

150ml Cream

50g Chives



  1. 1. Firstly prepare the fish; or you could ask your fishmonger to do this for you.
  2. 2. Season and wrap two prawns with each fillet. Set aside in the fridge and chill until required.
  3. 3. For the sauce, in a pot put the white wine, fish stock, lemon juice, lemon zest and reduce by half.
  4. 4. Then add the cream and simmer slowly for 15 minutes.
  5. 5. To cook the fish either place into a steamer or in a little oil roast in a medium oven until cooked.
  6. 6. To finish the sauce add the chives which have been chopped or snipped.
  7. 7. Serve