Wild Rockfish from Tidewater Inn

Rockfish, perfectly sourced from the Chesapeake Bay, is a must-try dish in any true Eastern Shore Maryland establishment. Hunters’ Tavern at the Tidewater Inn in Easton, a quaint town nestled in the heart of the Eastern Shore, offers a distinctive wild rockfish that showcases its firm texture and mild, sweet flavor, highlighted with local red and golden beets and finished with a delicious Citrus Beurre Blanc. Add your favorite garlic mashed potatoes, sauté a side of spinach, pour a glass of wine, and enjoy this local delicacy!
By / Photography By Jay Fleming | June 16, 2016


Rub beets in enough olive oil just to coat and roast in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes or until tender. When beets are cool, peel off the skin and julienne. Set aside. Place rockfish fillets on a greased sheet pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.

While the rockfish is in the oven, start the Citrus Beurre Blanc. Boil the wine, vinegar and shallots in a heavy saucepan over moderate heat, reduce to a syrupy consistency - about 5 minutes. Add cream, salt, and white pepper and boil 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low, add a few tablespoons of butter, whisking constantly. Add remaining butter a little at a time, whisking constantly and adding new pieces before the others have liquefied. The sauce should keep the consistency of hollandaise. Lift pan from heat periodically to cool mixture. Remove from heat. Add orange zest and season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour through a sieve and strain out shallots. Sauté beets in butter; season with salt and pepper. Top rockfish with beets and finish with Citrus Beurre Blanc.

Tidewater Inn suggests these wine pairings:

  • Yalumba Viognier: Australia, a full-bodied dry white wine
  • Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay: New Zealand, a crisp wine that tastes of the succulence and freshness of the grape

Recipe courtesy of Tidewater Inn, Easton, Maryland

Tidewater Inn
101 East Dover St. 
Easton, MD 21601


  • 4 8-oz. rockfish fillets
  • 1 red beet
  • 1 golden beet
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • Olive oil
Citrus Beurre Blanc
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. minced shallots
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. white pepper
  • 2 sticks butter (cut in chunks)
  • Zest of one orange
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