recipe review: whole roasted branzino - ziggy marley and family cookbook
When first discovering this recipe, I was really nervous thinking to myself like "Yeah, there's no way I can make this!" and I thought this because, to be honest, I have never cooked fish head-on ever before and was a little freaked out by it.... (haha). BUT it was Lent and I needed to explore my fish options and a girl was HANGRY!
Now what is a Branzino exactly?!
Branzino is a small fish ranging in size from 1.5-3 lbs. It is a firm, white delicate-flavored fish with few small bones. It is popular in Italian, Spanish and Greek cusines - commonly grilled, roasted, poached, steamed or braised whole.
I'm not a new fish eater but I usually stick to Cod, Catfish, Haddock, Salmon and that's about it. I have never had Branzino and didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious it turned out and I will definitely be making it again very soon.
The "head" on fish really freak me out so going forward I will likely have the Seafood department chop it off for me (haha) but I am glad I was able to get the Branzino fresh from my local Whole Foods Market!
A slight modification of Ziggy's recipe can be found below, this type of recipe can certainly be customized to your liking as far as herbs/seasonings are concerned:
WHOLE ROASTED BRANZINO (gluten-free)
1-2 whole branzino, cleaned and gutted
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon of Coconut Oil
6 sprigs of fresh thyme, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
1 lemon sliced
1-2 heirloom tomatoes, sliced or heirloom cherry tomatoes
Optional: add 1/4 cup or so of white cooking wine
Preheat oven 375-400 degrees
In a bowl combine olive oil, minced garlic, chopped thyme, salt and pepper - mix together until you get a consistency of a rub.
Dress the fish by rubbing the mixture all over the outside and inside.
Place slices of lemon, tomatoes and thyme in cavity of fish, place items throughout top of fish as well. Place in oven and cook for 20 minutes.
Halfway through cooking, pour white cooking wine on top of fish.
After fish is fully cooked, remove from oven and serve with your desired sides.