Baked Fish

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A simple and quick method of cooking fish that can be highly versatile and become as eleborate as you want it to be.


Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 - 20 minutes
Serves: Depends on initial quantity


  1. Make sure the fish does not have any bones left in the flesh. If it does, pull them out with a pair of tweezers or electricians pliers (be sure to clean them first).
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°c.
  3. In a roasting dish, make a bed to put the fish on. Essentially, what you are creating is a platform to raise the fish off the bottom of the tin to prevent it from stewing in its own juices and sticking to the bottom of the dish. The bed can be made of vegetables such as fennel, onion, lemon, spring onion, or courgette; or bunches of herbs such as fennel, dill, parsley, tarragon, chervil, or rosemary; or any combination of these; or anything else you like! If using vegetables, they can also be served with the fish once it has cooked. We chose to use a quartered, braised fennel bulb. the bed of fennel
  4. Coat the fish in olive oil, season it with salt & pepper, put it on the bed (skin side up if it has skin) and place it in the oven. You can also add any seasonings or herbs you like to the fish at this point. We decided to skewer each piece of fish with a stick of rosemary. the fish on the bed
  5. The time it will take to cook depends on the thickness of the fish. A piece of fish 2cm thick will take 15 minutes to cook; a piece 5cm thick will take 20 minutes. When it is cooked, the fish should be opaque and slightly firm to the touch.
  6. Remove the fish and the bed from the roasting tin and whisk up the lemon juice and olive oil with the juices left in the bottom of the tin to make the sauce.
  7. Serve. We served it with sautéed potato, the braised fennel and the sauce. baked fish
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Useful Information

Can it be frozen? No.
Can it be prepared in advance? Yes, up to 1 day to stage 4 (but don't season the fish until you cook it).
Will leftovers be nice? Yes, for up to 1 day.

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