Spiced John Dory with mango salsa


  • 1 orange, zest and juice only
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice only
  • 1 tbsp lime marmalade
  • ½ tsp ground fennel seed
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 4 x 150g/5oz John Dory fillets
  • 1 mango, peeled, stone removed, finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 mild green chilli, finely sliced into rings
  • 4 limes, juice only
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  1. Place the orange and lemon zests, lime marmalade, ground fennel seed and cumin into a bowl and mix well to combine. Add some of the orange and lemon juices to make a runny marinade.

  2. Place the John Dory fillets into a dish and pour over the marinade. Set aside to marinate for 20 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, place the mango, tomato, red onion, chilli and lime juice into a separate bowl and mix to combine. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper and set aside until ready to serve.

  4. Heat a frying pan until hot and add the olive oil. Add the marinated John Dory fillets, flesh-side down and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until caramelised and the fish is just cooked through.

  5. To serve, place a spoonful of the mango salsa into the centre of each plate and top each with a John Dory fillet.