Who said preparing a whole fish should be left to the professional chefs or only done on special occasions? We are here to show you how to prepare a whole grilled branzino, the Mediterranean way. It will surely transport you to your favorite Mediterranean seaside restaurant. Follow our step by step guide to make this show-stopping branzino dish.
Mediterranean Whole Grilled Branzino Recipe
As many world renowned chefs say, it is almost impossible to grill a whole fish and ending up with a dry and tasteless fish. And here is why, the skin and bones protect against direct heat and keep all the natural flavors intact compared to cutting your fish into fillets. Plus, it looks more beautiful to present, making you look like a great cook.
Branzino is a fish that tastes remarkable. Its mild and flaky texture makes it perfect for a simple weeknight dinner or great to make the best home date night.
Frankly, this grilled branzino recipe can not be easier to prepare. It’s all seasoned in one container and after that it is directly transferred to the fire, so there is practically zero mess, which equals less dishes to wash. Fun fact about this grilled branzino recipe: you can easily cook it in the oven at 350 F and get the same results. That’s it! It is full of color and taste that will surely surprise your family and guests! But don’t take our word for it, try it for yourself and you will see.
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Ingredients: 2 Servings
2 Whole branzino fish (descaled, gutted and cleaned)
4 tsp kosher salt (or more optional)
1 tsp cumin
2 1/2 tsp flaked red pepper
5 big garlic cloves (crushed)
3 tsp dried thyme
1/2 cup vegetable oil or canola oil or olive oil
Slice 2 slits into the fish, parallel to the fish’s head on each side. That’s four cuts per fish.
In a glass container big enough to fit the two fish, add you salt, cumin, flaked red pepper, garlic, thyme, and vegetable oil and mix until it becomes of paste texture.
Get the first fish and pour the garlic and oil mixture all over the fish, ensuring both sides and insides are fully covered. Make sure to get some of the mixture in the slits. It’s very important. Repeat this step with the second fish.
Rest your fish in the garlic and oil mixture in the refrigerator for minimum of 1 hour. This seasoning process can be extended for up to a day. The longer it sits with this mixture the better your whole grilled branzino will taste.
Prepare your charcoal grill or gas grill and heat it to medium high.
Transfer the fish from our mixture to the grill and cook for 30 minutes on each side using a spatula to flip. Do not move the fish before the 30 minutes are up. That way, nothing gets stuck.
Prepare your platter with some arugula and transfer your grilled branzino fish to the platter. Cut some fresh limes and garnish your plate. Bon Appetit!
Total fat: 7g
Total Carb: 3g
Finally, if you are one of those who has a hard time thinking how to add more seafood into your diet like me!… then this grill branzino recipe is your answer. You can grill it or cook it in the oven, either way the results will be juicy and full of flavor. Add to that some grilled legumes or an arugula salad and your meal is set to satisfy you completely while following any healthy regimen. Talk about a win-win situation. Try this grilled branzino at home and let us know how it turns out!