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Recipe: Niklas Ekstedt’s birch coal-grilled pike perch with juniper butter, Jerusalem artichoke and endive

Fire up your charcoal barbecue for this simple dish from Michelin-starred chef Niklas Ekstedt

Recipe: Niklas Ekstedt’s birch coal-grilled pike perch with juniper butter, Jerusalem artichoke and endive

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Serves: 2   Takes: 1 hr

INGREDIENTS
500ml whey
2 Jerusalem artichokes, peeled
200g butter
1 lemon, halved
1 endive
10 green juniper berries
200g pike perch fillet
500ml concentrated fish stock (reduced from about 800ml)

METHOD
Light your charcoal. While it gets hot, pour the whey into a saucepan, lightly salt and bring to the boil. Add the Jerusalem artichokes and cook for 15-25 mins, until tender; remove.

In a clean pan, boil 1 litre water with 50g butter and a lemon half. Cut the endive into small wedges, add to the pan and blanch for 2 mins; remove.

Mix 50g butter with the juniper berries. Salt the pike perch and grill over charcoal until cooked. Brush with the juniper butter, then set aside.

In a pan, boil the stock and whisk in 100g butter to make a sauce. Add salt, lemon juice and the leftover juniper butter.

Serve the pike perch with the artichokes, endive wedges and a spoonful of buttery sauce.

Read more about Niklas Ekstedt’s back-to-basics take on Swedish gastronomy