Romesco with fish skewers

This nutty and fruity capsicum-based sauce is best home made. The traditional Spanish sauce is perfect for serving with char-grilled fish skewers at your next barbecue.

  • 45 mins preparation
  • Serves 4
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You will need 12 bamboo or metal skewers for this recipe. before use, Soak bamboo skewers for 30 minutes in water; oil metal skewers.


  • 2 small red capsicums (bell peppers) (300g), quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 750 g firm white fish, cut into 2.5cm pieces
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ⅓ cup (80ml) olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 24 fresh bay leaves
  • ¼ cup (40g) blanched almonds
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 medium lemons (280g), halved


  • 1
    Preheat grill (broiler) on high heat. Place capsicum, skin-side up, and garlic on an oven tray. Place under grill for 15 minutes or until skins are blackened. Transfer to a medium bowl. Cover with plastic wrap; cool.
  • 2
    Combine fish with half the paprika, half the oil, the rind and parsley in a medium bowl; season. Thread fish and bay leaves onto 12 skewers. Place on a tray; cover, refrigerate.
  • 3
    Remove and discard skins from capsicum and garlic. Process capsicum, garlic, almonds, juice, remaining paprika and remaining oil until almost smooth. Transfer romesco to a small bowl; season to taste.
  • 4
    Cook fish skewers on a heated oiled grill plate (or barbecue or frying pan) over medium-high heat for 4 minutes or until browned all over and cooked through. Cook lemon halves on grill plate for 1 minute or until browned.
  • 5
    Serve fish skewers with romesco sauce and lemon halves.


Romesco can be made a day ahead; keep covered in the fridge.

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