Tasting and eating wine

Fish cooked in rosé wine

This post was written when Petit Ballon a subscription wine business were operating, it has since closed. This has been edited to remove information on those wines. Look out for a delicate rose wine to try this recipe.

Use a light rose wine for this dish
Use a light rose wine for this dish

I bought a particularly lovely John Dory fish and could just imagine a simple wine sauce made with rosé wine. Some people think John Dory ugly, but set that aside, it has a wonderful taste and is now in season.

We cook our fish in a sous vide machine (a water bath). The beauty of a sous vide machine is that it is practically impossible to overcook fish. You probably have seen them being used on programmes such as Masterchef.

If you’re not using a sous vide machine, make sure you have the sauce ready to go before you pan fry your fish. Any delicate white fish will go nicely – try gurnard or whiting for a change. I have chosen to use red onions. These are both sweeter than white onions and the colour is just perfect for rosé wine. The key to this dish is really soft onions and finishing with butter.

White Fish with Rosé Sauce

This is a simple and easy recipe perfect for supper. Why not order a delivery of fresh fish?

A delicious dish of John Dory with Rose Sauce

Fish in Rose Sauce

Danielle Ellis
A versatile recipes that can be used for any white fish fillets.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Sous vide cooking 30 minutes
Course dinner
Cuisine fish recipe
Servings 4


  • sous vide machine (optional)
  • Wide frying pan


  • 2 Fillets of fish 150 gr to 200 gr eg John Dory, Gurnard or Whiting
  • 2 medium size red onions
  • 350 millilitres Rose wine
  • 175 millilitres Water
  • 60 grams Butter 30 gr for the sauce, 30 gr for cooking
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Squeeze of lemon juice optional
  • Vegetable oil for frying if you are using that method


  • If you are using a sous vide machine, pre-heat the water to 60ºC. Vacuum pack your fish fillets and cook for 30 minutes once the machine has reached temperature.
  • Cook the sauce first and set aside whilst you cook the fish.
  • Finely chop the onions. Heat half the butter very gently in a saucepan and add the onions. Cook slowly until the onions are really soft. Add a saucepan lid if you have one. Do not allow to colour. Do not be tempted to add the wine and water until the onions are completely soft.
  • Add the wine and water and cook slowly until reduced by half. Add salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon to taste (if using). Set aside if you are pan frying your fish.
  • To pan fry, heat the oil and cook the fish gently approximately 3 minutes each side. Keep warm whilst you add the butter to the sauce. Reheat the sauce a little if it has cooled. Cut the butter into pieces, then add one by one into the sauce beating all the time.
  • If you are cooking the fish sous vide, gently add to the sauce and warm through.
  • Serve with the fish, new potatoes and mangetout or beans and of course a glass of Rose.
Keyword fish
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Find out more

Check out my series of posts and those of Caroline von Schmalensee on sous vide coooking on Edinburgh Foody if you’d like to know more.

A delicious dish of John Dory with Rose Sauce
A delicious dish of John Dory with Rose Sauce
White wish with rose wine recipe
White wish with rose wine recipe

4 thoughts on “Tasting and eating wine”

  1. It does taste rather wonderful! The beauty is, it is SO easy to make!

  2. They always say, don’t cook with a wine that you wouldn’t drink, so I guess if you want a great sauce, make it with a great wine. The soft pinky-apricot colour of the wine is just gorgeous – I can only imagine how divine it tastes!

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