Seared Kingfish, Braised Fennel, Courgette and Salsa Verde

Seared Kingfish with Prestige Cuvée

Perfect for a hot summers luncheon or just making your Friday night dinner sing.

Cooking Time: 30mins

Serves: 4

Seared Kingfish dish with various vegetables, sauce and garnishes


  • 800g Kingfish
  • 2 Fennel Bulbs
  • 100ml Orange Juice
  • 200g Courgette
  • 2 Bunch Parsley 1
  • Bunch Dill
  • ½ Bunch Mint
  • 20g Capers

  • 20ml Lemon Juice
  • 200ml Olive Oil
  • 5g Garlic




  • Prepare the fish by cleaning and removing any pin bones. Cut into 200g portions.
  • Slice one fennel bulb in half and then evenly cut into four pieces. Each half should be approximately 2cm thick. Thinly slice the second fennel bulb.
  • Trim the zucchini and slice into long, thin strips. Mix with the sliced fennel.
  • Using a blender, combine the parsley, dill, mint, capers, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic. Season to finish the salsa verde.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Place a large pan over medium-high heat, add the fennel pieces and a splash of olive oil. Seal each side of the fennel until golden brown.
  • Add the orange juice and place into the oven for 3-5 minutes.
  • In a second pan, heat some olive oil and place the kingfish skin-side-down. Cook over a medium heat, searing until the skin is golden brown. Flip the fish and place into the oven for 3-4 minutes, depending on thickness of fillet this may need a little longer.

    To Serve

    1. Place half of the salsa verde into the fennel and zucchini mixture. Disperse the salad over four plates.
    2. Place the braised fennel pieces on top and finish with the fish portion. Place an additional spoon of salsa verde on top of the fish. Serve immediately.


Why it works;

This Kingfish recipe is light, fresh, packed with flavour and so easy to make. A light and refreshing meal needs a light and refreshing wine to match such as Nepenthe Prestige Cuvée. More than just a label. When we say ‘prestige’ we mean ‘prestige’ and this delicious drop certainly deserve its name!

The fruit for this wine comes from our Balhannah vineyard in Adelaide Hills. The wine base consists of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. It’s full of fruit and delicate refreshing bubbles. Layers of cream and softness, derived from the bottle fermentation are complemented by the crisp clean finish, all working together in perfect fruity harmony.

Perfect for a hot summers luncheon or just making your Friday night dinner sing