Branzino or European Sea Bass, is a popular Mediterranean fish and has been a favorite in my family. I love the soft, mild taste and the versatility of this fish. We usually bake it in the oven, but you can also grill it or use it in stews. For this whole baked branzino recipe, I baked it in the oven and used an herb lemon sauce on top. For those of you worried about consuming seafood, Branzino is considered a safe option according to a seafood-industry expert. Branzino is also a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, protein and selenium.
Since I don't live in the Mediterranean, I was able to find Branzino in the local Asian Specialty store. I have yet to see it at my local grocer, but I imagine more specialty stores may have it.
This is a great recipe to try if you are looking into new recipes and meal ideas!
Recipe (Yields: 2)
2 Whole Branzino (Washed, Gutted, Scaled)
Handful of Parsley
3 Garlic Cloves
1-2 Tablespoons of Hot Chili Oil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash and prepare the branzino. You can ask your local store to clean it for you. If they do not, make sure to gut out the fish and scale it. Once cleaned, pat dry the fish then put aside. In a small bowl, add the washed and finely chopped parsley, along with the diced garlic. Add about a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, mix, then set aside. Season the branzino on both sides with salt, including the cavity. Add lemon slices in the cavity along with any leftover parsley (whole leaves). Place the branzino in a lightly oiled casserole dish, then place in the oven to cook for about 15-20 minutes. You will know it is cooked when it flakes when poked with a fork.
To serve: Add the garlic and chopped parsley sauce and drizzle with the hot chili oil. Drizzle some lemon juice and use sliced lemons for garnish.
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