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    Basque Grill Turbot

    • Serves 4 people
    • Complexity Easy
    Prep time
    10 mins
    Cook time
    20 mins
    Total time
    30 mins
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    • 2Kg whole turbot
    • Sea salt
    • For the agua de Lourdes:
    • 3 tbsp of cider vinegar
    • 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
    • 6 tbsp of olive oil
    • 2 tbsp txakoli wine
    • Salt to taste


    Grilled whole turbot is a must when visiting the Basque Country, particularly in the fishing village of Getaria, which is famous for serving grill fish and seafood that has been freshly caught in the Bay of Biscay, and the region’s fizzy white wine, Txakoli de Getaria.

    Turbot is a flat fish which is regarded by many chefs as the king of the sea. It has very high amounts of natural gelatin, making it well-suited for grilling whole, with its skin trapping the gelatin as it cooks, keeping it rich and succulent even over high heat.

    A sauce made from txakoli wine, cider vinegar, olive oil and salt also known as ‘agua de lourdes’ is drizzled over the turbot while it’s on the grill. This sauce keeps the skin from drying out, and eventually it is emulsified with the cooking juices from the turbot to make a rich pil pil style sauce.



    1. Pre-heat your barbecue until you have hot glowing white embers.
    2. While the barbecue is heating up, make the agua Lourdes by combining all the ingredients into a squeezy bottle, close and shake until emulsified.
    3. Season the fish with salt on both sides and place on a fish rack. Cook on a moderate heat for 8 minutes on each side, making sure you baste the fish with the agua the Lourdes and you keep the skin nicely charred without breaking it.
    4. Transfer the fish into a warm platter or tray and fillet the fish on all four sides, making sure you serve the cheek and the head. Add some more agua de Lourdes to the cooking juices from the turbot and emulsify with the help of a fork until you get a thick sauce to spoon on each plate.

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      Marques de Murrieta Reserva 2018


      Txakoli Zudugarai 2023


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