Add fresh flavours and colour to a dish with this zesty Gremolata.
Gremolata or Gremolada is an Italian dry garnish made from parsley, lemon and garlic.
It is traditionally used in the Lombardy region to season Ossobuchi Milanese, but can also be used to garnish meats, fish, soups, pastas and salads before serving. Not only does it add wonderful fresh flavours to a dish, it smells delicious.
A good gremolata requires good quality, fresh ingredients.
Garlic – you will only need a small clove, but make sure it is firm and white for best flavour. Stale garlic will make it bitter, so avoid garlic which is soft and yellowing.
Parsley – use flat leaf parsley with green leaves rather than those that are yellowing or wilting. Rinse the parsley well in cold water (warm water will cause them to wilt), and dry on paper towels before chopping.
Lemon – select organic unwaxed lemons as you will be using the zest. Rinse and dry before grating.
Anchovy – optional but lovely when paired with meat dishes. Use canned anchovies or those from a jar. Good anchovies should be pink on the inside with a lovely clean flavour. Only half an anchovy is required, so top up the remaining anchovies with a little olive oil, and it will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for a couple of months.
👩🏻🍳 Helpful tips
- Rinse and dry the parsley in advance before using it. Finely chop the leaves and thin stems, setting aside the thicker stems for a soup/sauce, etc.
- Use a microplane to zest the lemon, but take care not to grate any of the white pith as this will make the gremolata bitter.
- Using a sharp chef’s knife, finely chop all the ingredients together – this helps combine the flavours.
A few sprigs of rosemary chopped into a gremolata adds a wonderful extra layer of flavour for meat dishes. Breadcrumbs will give a crunchy texture and a little grated cheese (Parmesan, Pecorino, etc.), for pastas and soups.
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- 1/2 cup fresh parsley
- 1 small clove garlic
- 1 small lemon unwaxed
- salt to taste
- 1 small anchovy optional
- Using a grater, remove the zest of the lemon taking care not to include the white pith.
- Using a sharp knife, finely chop the all the ingredients together till minced together. Add salt and use to garnish meats, soups, pastas and salads.
- Use fresh good quality ingredients for best flavour.
- If adding anchovy, taste before adding salt.
- Store in the fridge in a covered container for up to 2 days.