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fish recipe

Fish Baked in Salt Crust with Lemon and Thyme

Baking an entire fish in salt is an old technique that results in perfectly seasoned, flaky fish.  

18 December, 2019
Average: 2.2 (21 votes)

serves for


total time

0 HR 50 MIN


Egg Whites
Kosher salt
750 g
Lemon zest
1 Tbsp
1 bunch
Sea Bass
1 whole, cleaned and gutted
Extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp
to serve

1. Preheat oven to 400º F. Line a roasting pan with parchment paper.

2. Place egg whites into a large mixing bowl, whisk to stiff peaks. Add lemon zest and salt, stirring to blend. Cut zested lemon into slices and place lemon slices and half of the thyme into the body cavity of the fish.

3. Rub the fish lightly with olive oil. Put half of the salt mixture in the bottom of the roasting pan. Place the fish on top of the bed of salt and cover the fish with the remaining salt.

4. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes.

5. Crack the salt crust using a wooden spoon. Remove pieces of salt crust from the top of the fish. Lift out the fish fillets, discarding the skeleton. Divide fish between plates. Drizzle with olive oil and serve with remaining thyme and lemon wedges.

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