Crusted Fish and Ratatouille a la Plancha
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Crusted Fish and Ratatouille a la Plancha

Inspired by rustic French cuisine, this dish is a celebration of big flavor. Rub sea bass in a smoky, sweet Basque mix of spices, herbs and Espelette pepper, then cook on a sizzlin’ hot plancha grill surface. The intense heat helps to create a beautiful sear and flavor crust on the outside, with a flaky and moist center. Serve alongside a robust grilled ratatouille of squash, eggplant, bell pepper and tomatoes.

  • 10m

    prep time

  • 15m

    Cook Time

  • 240


  • 11



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  • 2 cups diced eggplant, (1/2-inch dice)
  • 1 cup red or orange bell pepper, (or 1/2 cup each), cut in 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 cup diced white onion, (1/2-inch dice)
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow squash, (1/2-inch dice)
  • 1/2 cup diced zuchinni, (1/2-inch dice)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional for brushing plancha
  • 2 tablespoons Basque-Inspired Rub with Espelette Pepper, divided (see Cooking Tip for recipe link)
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet™ Sicilian Sea Salt
  • 1 1/2 cups diced plum tomatoes (1/2 inch dice), divided
  • 6 skinless firm white fish fillets, such as sea bass, cod or halibut (4 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  • Place all of the vegetables, except tomatoes, in large bowl with 3 tablespoons olive oil; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle vegetables with 1 tablespoon Basque Rub and sea salt; toss gently to coat. Set aside. Place 3/4 cup of the tomatoes in blender container; cover. Blend until smooth. Set aside.

  • Heat plancha (flat cast-iron griddle) on grill over medium-high heat. Brush plancha lightly with additional olive oil. Place seasoned vegetables on the plancha. Cook 5 to 6 minutes or until nicely charred and tender-crisp, turning occasionally. Add the pureed tomatoes and remaining diced tomatoes to the vegetables on the plancha; cook and stir until heated through. Remove vegetables from plancha. Keep warm. Reduce heat to medium.

  • Season both sides of fish with remaining 1 tablespoon Basque Rub. Brush plancha lightly with more oil. Place fish on plancha. Cook fish on both sides until fish is lightly charred and flakes easily with a fork, about 10 minutes per inch of thickness.

  • Serve fish with plancha grilled vegetables. Garnish with parsley.

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