Mero a la Naranja

A Spanish dish of grilled fish with orange sauce, Mero a la Naranja (may-roh ah lah nah-ran-hah) is very simple to prepare and tastes delicious. Serve it with a Mero a la Naranja calls for a fish from the Mediterranean but it may be sub-stituted by halibut. cold rice salad. Halibut may be substituted for the Mediterranean fish mero, if it is unobtainable.

6 mero steaks

2 oz. butter

2 tablespoons flour

8 fl. oz. chicken stock

5 fl. oz. orange juice

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon white pepper

1 orange, thinly sliced

Preheat the grill to high.

Place the fish steaks in the grill pan. Cut half the butter into small pieces and dot the pieces over and around the fish steaks.

Place the pan under the grill and grill the fish for 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Remove the pan from the heat and, using tongs, transfer the fish steaks to a warmed large serving dish. Keep warm while you prepare the sauce.

In a small heavy saucepan, melt the remaining butter over moderate heat. Remove the pan from the heat and, with a wooden spoon, stir in the flour to make a smooth paste. Gradually add the stock and orange juice, stirring constantly.

Stir in the salt and pepper and return the pan to low heat. Bring the mixture to the boil, stirring constantly. Simmer the sauce for 2 minutes, or until it is thick and smooth. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if necessary.

Remove the pan from the heat and pour the sauce over the fish. Garnish with the orange slices and serve immediately.