Recipe: Pan-Roasted Tripletail

Firm and sweet-tasting tripletail fillets are perfect for pan-roasting.

Firm and sweet-tasting tripletail fillets are perfect for pan-roasting and go really well with the savory flavors of Brussels sprouts and baby beets in a roasted garlic and sherry vinegar vinaigrette. Brown ­butter drizzled over the fish provides the rich, nutty finishing touch that brings it all together.

Recipe: Pan-Roasted Tripletail
A white wine with some acidity and fruit scents, like Avancia 2016 Old Vines Godello, is an excellent complement to this dish. Jon Whittle


Pan-Roasted Tripletail


  • 15 baby beets
  • 2 tsp. thyme, minced
  • Splash of cider vinegar

1. Place beets, thyme and garlic in a rectangular pan (2 to 3 inches deep) with cider vinegar and 1 cup water. Roast in the oven until tender.
2. Pull beets out and cut into quarters, wedged.

Recipe: Pan-Roasted Tripletail
Fried Brussels sprouts add a welcome crispiness to the earthy veggies that complement this recipe. Jon Whittle

Brussels Sprouts

  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil

1. Halve Brussels sprouts and fry a few at a time in olive oil until crispy. Season with salt and pepper.

Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

  • 1 Tbsp. sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 garlic, whole head
  • Salt, pepper and sugar to taste

1. Halve a garlic head and roast in the oven until brown and tender.
2. Squeeze out the garlic, puree until smooth, and mix with remaining ingredients.

Recipe: Pan-Roasted Tripletail
A pan with a little oil heated until it starts to smoke is all it takes to roast tripletail fillets to perfection. Jon Whittle


  • 4 6-ounce tripletail fillets
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • Salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat oil in a saucepan until lightly smoking, add seasoned tripletail and cook until golden, reduce heat and flip to finish.
2. Spoon butter, thyme and garlic over fish until cooked, then drain on a paper towel.
3. Remove thyme and garlic, then cook remaining butter until it browns slightly and reserve for plating.


1. Heat cooked beets and sprouts with roasted garlic vinaigrette. Add herbs if desired.
2. Plate tripletail atop beets and sprouts, spoon brown butter over it, and finish with coarse sea salt.