A traditional European dish called "sterlet in butter" combines the mild flavor of the sterlet fish with savory, rich butter. The delicate, tender flesh and mild flavor of the sterlet, a variety of sturgeon fish, make it a delicacy. In this recipe, the fish is salted and peppered before being baked in a sauce made of melted butter and garlic.The outcome is a flaky, juicy fish with crispy skin that is enhanced by the flavorful, garlicky butter. Lemon juice is commonly added to dishes as a finishing touch because it adds a hint of brightness and acidity that counteracts the richness of the butter. For an additional flavor boost and splash of color, fresh parsley can also be sprinkled on top.Typically served as a main course, sterlet in butter is frequently served with steamed vegetables, boiled potatoes, or crusty bread to sop up the flavorful sauce. This dish will wow your guests with its elegant presentation and delectable flavor, making it ideal for special occasions or a fancy dinner party.
- 1 whole sterlet, gutted and scaled
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- Fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
- Set the oven’s temperature to 400°F (200°C).
- Salt and pepper the inside of the fish.
- Melt the butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for about a minute, or until fragrant.
- Add the garlic butter to the frying pan with the fish already inside.
- Cook the fish in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the skin is crispy and the fish is thoroughly cooked.
- Take the fish out of the oven and drizzle it with lemon juice.
- If preferred, top the fish with more melted butter and chopped parsley before serving.