The Fisherman's Wife

Dania is Chris Williams wife, a commercial fisherman. Has been for 35 years. His work influences nearly every facet of the Williams’ family life. And they wouldn’t have it any other way.  For more of their story go to the digital magazine …

Dania shares some of her fresh fish dishes here.
Many of her recipes come from customers who stop by the blue tent at Sunday’s farmers market to buy their day fresh fish and exchange delicious ways to prepare it. Check out her blog for more recipes …

Citrus-roasted White Sea Bass

Sea bass fillets, about ½ pound each
Olive oil
Minced garlic
Sliced citrus, enough to cover
bottom of baking dish*

Preheat oven to 375°.

Swipe the bottom of a glass baking dish with olive oil. Slice the citrus of your choice and layer the bottom of the dish with it.

Mix remaining olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Pat the fish dry and brush on the mixture. Place fish on the citrus.

Bake, uncovered, for 12 to 15 minutes.

Remove from oven when the fish is still a little underdone. It will continue to cook.

fish copy*Choose any citrus—lemon, orange, grapefruit—enough to cover bottom of glass dish.
Dania recommends drizzling the liquid left in the bottom of the dish over the fish just before serving.

Sautéed Halibut

Fishman pic 1Fresh halibut fillets Butter*
Olive oil
Salt Pepper
Garlic, minced
Capers† (optional)

Heat sauté pan to low-medium heat. Add butter, salt, pepper and garlic. Allow to infuse, being careful not to burn the butter. Pour garlic butter into a small dish and set aside. Add olive oil to the pan and heat to medium high. Pat the fish dry. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place fish in hot pan and pour the butter/garlic sauce over it. Cook about 2 minutes. Turn the fish and cook about 2 more minutes, spooning the sauce over the fish as it cooks. Dania likes to serve this dish with fresh halved cherry tomatoes and fresh basil, warmed up quickly in the pan after fish is removed. *Dania prefers “the good stuff,” Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter, available at Costco. †Optional: add capers to the garlic butter.

Seared Ahi

ahiFresh ahi tuna
Olive oil
Pappy’s Choice Seasoning*
Ground ginger
Soy sauce for serving

Pat fish dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle seasonings over the fish, lightly rubbing in.

Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Place fish in pan and sear one side for about 45 seconds. Turn fish and repeat.

Place the fish on cutting board and let rest for a minute or two. Slice thin, against the grain.

Serve with soy sauce on the side.

Seared Ahi Recipe courtesy of Chris and Dania’s son, Max Williams.

*Any seasoned salt can be substituted.

Photo of Dania: MICHAEL COONS Photo of Chris: courtesy of DANIA WILLIAMS