Salt-baked sea bass

Salt-baked sea bass

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From
Mark Hix On Baking
Serves
4-6
Photographer
Jason Lowe

This is a simple, delicious and unusual way to cook firm-textured fish like bass, sea bream or snapper. It seals and cooks the fish without any juices or flavours escaping and makes an impressive dish to show off to your dinner party guests.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 x 2.5kg sea bass, scaled, gutted and left whole or boned
240ml water
1kg coarse sea salt, plus extra for layering
freshly ground black pepper
a little bit olive oil, to serve
or a little bit butter, melted, to serve
4-5 tablespoons dill, chopped, plus extra to serve
or 4-5 tablespoons fennel tops, chopped, plus extra to serve

Method

  1. An hour before you want to cook the fish, add the water to the salt and mix well in a bowl. Set aside. Spread an additional thin layer of salt on a baking tray or oven-proof serving dish.
  2. Preheat the oven to 250°C.
  3. Fill the stomach of the fish with the dill or fennel and season with pepper. Lay the bass on the tray and pack the wet salt, about 1 cm thick, all over the fish, firming it with your hands. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes.
  4. Have some warm plates ready and a large, clean plate for the bits. Crack the salt a couple of times with the back of a heavy knife then carefully scrape it away from the fish, ensuring you remove as much as possible. (You can do this in front of your guests if you are feeling confident or hide in the kitchen instead – perhaps after showing them the whole thing as it comes out of the oven.)
  5. Remove the head and tail and cut the fish through the body into even-sized portions, giving the underside a final check for salt deposits before transferring it to warm plates. Serve drizzled with some olive oil or melted butter with chopped dill or fennel. Simply cooked green vegetables or a salad are the ideal accompaniments.
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