Not only can fish pair with red wine, it's good cooked with red, too.


Credit: Photography by Kate Mathis

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  • Place a rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 550° (or as high as your oven will go). Alternatively, preheat the broiler.

  • Place the potatoes in a large saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil over high heat. Salt the water and cook the potatoes until just tender on the outside but not quite cooked through, about 8 minutes. Drain the potatoes.

  • Meanwhile, line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large skillet, heat the oil, about two turns of the pan, over medium. Add the butter and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the potatoes and toss until coated. Arrange the potatoes, cut-side up, on the baking sheet; season with salt, pepper, and the rosemary. Roast or broil the potatoes until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes.

  • For the sauce, in a saucepan, heat the oil, one turn of the pan, over medium-high. Add the shallot, garlic, and bay leaf; season with salt and pepper. Stir until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and stock. Boil over high heat until reduced to 1/2 to 1/3 cup, about 15 minutes. Whisk in the butter. Remove from heat. Discard the bay leaf.

  • While the sauce is reducing, make the fish: Heat a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high. Season the fish with salt and pepper. Add the oil, about two turns of the pan, to the skillet. Add the fish, skin-side down. Cook, pressing the fish with a spatula, until the skin is flat and crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the fish and cook until just opaque in the center, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to plates or a platter. 

  • Spoon the red wine sauce over the fish. Top with chives. Serve with the potatoes.