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Barbeque herring, roasted cucumber, soy & dill dressing

Barbeque herring, roasted cucumber, soy & dill dressing


4 Herring Fillets (skin on, pin boned)
2 tbsp soy dressing
2 tbsp dill oil
Soy Dressing
2 cloves garlic
100ml rapeseed oil
30ml soy sauce
5ml nam pla fish sauce
100ml olive oil
20ml Dill Oil
100g fresh dill
200ml rapeseed oil
8 baby heritage tomatoes
1-2tbsp soy dressing
4 rectangular pieces of cucumber
8 ribbons of cucumber
1-2 tbsp dill oil
4 baby globe artichokes (peeled)
1 tsp lemon juice
Salad leaves
Olive oil
Barbecue and coals

Serves 4


For The Soy Dressing (Make Ahead) Mix the ingredients and gently warm the dressing to around 70c for 3 hours and leave to infuse and cool. For The Dill Oil (Make Ahead) Blanch and refresh the dill then place into oil and warm to around 70c for two hours and leave it to infuse To Prepare The Tomatoes Blanch the tomatoes for 30 seconds in boiling water and refresh in cold water. Remove from the water and marinate in soy dressing for around 30 minutes. For The Baby Artichokes Cook the baby artichokes with lemon juice in water for 12-15 minutes until soft. Cool in the liquid. When cool, halve and remove heart from the centre. Place in with the tomatoes when ready to marinate. For The Roast Cucumber Cut the cucumber into four 13cm pieces and roast in a dry pan for 3 minutes to gain colour. Add some oil and cook for a further 3 minutes to soften. Do not overcook or they will become mushy. To Make The Cucumber Ribbons: Peel the cucumber into ribbons with a peeler, salt for two minutes, pat dry and marinate in a little olive oil. To Prepare The Herring: Marinate the herring in a mixture of dill oil and soy dressing before barbecuing. Place the herring on the plate and dress with the tomatoes and roasted cucumber. Foil the ribbons and finish the dish with the artichokes and a leaves. Dress with both oil and soy dressing and some olive oil.


Cook the herring over the coals for around 3-4 minutes, making sure the fish does not overcook.

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James Sommerin

James Sommerin

Welshman James has been in the kitchen since the age of twelve when he kept a Saturday job in an Italian restaurant in his local Newport. James journey then saw him travel to Scotland where he learnt the importance of seasonality, cooked for the opening of Scottish Parliament and was shortlisted for Young Scottish Chef of the Year. James and Louise also met in Scotland, marrying and welcoming their first of three daughters to the world before moving back to his homeland in 2000. Being awarded the coveted Michelin star as Head Chef of The Crown at Whitebrook in 2007 is an achievement James is hugely proud of, and he retained the star until the restaurant closed its doors in 2013.

My connection with seafood

I believe some of the freshest flavours can only be found by the sea and surrounding areas. Located in Penarth, Restaurant James Sommerin has uninterrupted sea views where customers can enjoy the finest quality fish. Seasonality is key to the menu and there is nothing better than being able to buy directly from the local fisherman daily and serving freshly caught fish straight from the boats. The menus are named in Welsh after elements of the restaurants dramatic sea backdrop, each evoking a distinct flavour of the restaurants surroundings and local heritage.

Why sustainability is important to me

I work closely with my suppliers to ensure that our fish is responsibly and locally sourced. Customer knowledge on sustainability has definitely increased in the last few years and there is an open-mindedness about trying new sustainable fish amongst my customers which is great. My mission is to bring the highest quality seafood to the table and this cannot be done without thinking carefully about where you source your fish sustainability and responsibility are a key focus on my menus.

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