7NEWS Chef Series: Steamed baby group and pain perdu

7NEWS Chef Series: Steamed baby group and pain perdu

No matter what you eat for Christmas, preparing a meal for many can be a minefield.

This holiday season, 7NEWS Brisbane brings you our Chef Series, with the best budget recipes easy to prepare at home.

Steamed baby grouper

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(Gluten free, dairy free)


Steamed fish

  • 1 grouper 200g fillet
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt

Citrus tapenade reduction

  • 1 Litre Fish stock*
  • *2 Litres fish stock (frames, onion, garlic, ginger, cook for 20 mins, strained and reduced by half)
  • 2 oranges
  • Orange zest
  • Grated ginger
  • Olive paste – blended Kalamata olives
  • Olive oil
  • Tamari soy
  • Dark sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 tbsp TBDs chili oil

Three Blue Ducks Chilli oil

  • Lt grapeseed oil
  • 3 tbsp dark sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp roasted Sichuan peppercorns (ground)
  • 12 large red chillies
  • 12 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp chili flakes
  • 2 tsp star anise
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 5g salt


Chilli oil

  • Heat to 110deg. Remove from heat and pour over the spices.
  • Blend garlic and chili with a little oil and salt. Cook for 5 mins until aromatic, pour in the rest of the oil, and

Salad garnish

  • 2 green shallots(thinly sliced)
  • 25g coriander( picked)
  • 1 tsp roasted white sesame seeds
  • Squeeze of lime
  • Salt

Whole dish instructions

  • Make a fish stock with the bones, ginger, onion and garlic.
  • Reduce and season with olive paste, soy, garlic, ginger, sesame oil and orange.
  • Steam the fish until just cooked (around 10 mins)
  • Put on a plate, spoon over 4 tbsp of the citrus tapenade sauce, and 3 tbsp of the chili oil.
  • Top with salad garnish.
Steamed baby grouper by Three Blue Ducks in Brisbane. Credit: 7NEWS

Pain Perdu


  • 15-20 old or stale croissants and/or danishes
  • 195g egg yolk
  • 125g castor suger
  • 60g Belgian white chocolate
  • 900g thickened cream
  • 50g cognac
  • 100g raisans
  • 1 bourbon vanilla bean
  • 50g slivered almonds


  • Pour cognac in a saucepan and burn off for approximately 30 seconds.
  • Add thickened cream. Split vanilla bean in half (scraping out seeds first) and add.
  • Bring to approximately 80 degrees simmer and stir in white chocolate.
  • Pour over premixed egg yolk while stirring constantly with a whisk.
  • Set aside
  • Cut croissants and danishes and place in a pre-buttered cast iron pot.
  • Pour over egg mixture and top with raisins and almosts.
  • Bake in pre-heated oven at 160 degrees for approximately 30-45 minutes
Pain Perdu by Sofitel Brisbane. Credit: 7NEWS

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