Red mullet fillets served on a bed of samphire, finished with a creamy shellfish sauce.
Slice the shallot finely and dice the garlic. Sweat the shallot in a saucepan with the butter until the shallot is completely soft. Add the garlic and the thyme and cook for a further minute. Add the white wine to the pan and reduce this by half. Add the double cream and bring to the boil. Season with fine salt and keep to one side.
Prepare the mussels by removing the beards and then cook them in a pan with a tight fitting lid until all of the mussels are open.
Keep 3 mussels per plate in their shells and pick the rest to add to the sauce.
Finely chop the chives.
Preheat the oven to 200'C.
Heat a frying pan over a high heat until the pan is very hot. Season the red mullet with salt.
Add a splash sunflower oil and fry the fillet flesh side down until it is golden brown.
Turn over for 2 minutes until cooked through.
Wash the samphire in plenty of cold water and remove any damaged pieces and the tough stalks.
Whilst the fish is resting cook the samphire.
Cook the samphire for 3 minutes in rapidly boiling water and then drain. Mix in a knob of butter and season with some salt and black pepper.
Reheat the velouté on a low heat and add the mussels and shrimps until they are heated through. Add the chives at the last minute. Check the seasoning and add a squeeze of lemon juice.
Serve the fillets on a bed of samphire. Dress the plate with the velouté and finish the dish with the mussels in shell.
«If samphire isn't available try using sprouting broccoli with a little garlic or savoy cabbage with bacon.»