Stuffed Whole Fish-Greek Style

Recipe courtesy Mark Bittman
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 5 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 25 min
Cook: 30 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings.
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced, or more to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large whole fish or 2 smaller ones (2 to 3 pounds total), like striped bass, rockfish or trout; preferably butter-flied and boned, or simply gutted
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 4 to 6 sprigs fresh thyme
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Directions

Heat oven to 450 degrees F or prepare grill; heat should be medium-high and rack about 4 inches from fire. Combine tomatoes, 2 tablespoons olive oil, vinegar, chile, oregano, a few slices of garlic, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper in a large bowl; let sit at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, using a sharp knife, make three or four diagonal, parallel slashes on each side of fish, just about down to the bone. Sprinkle inside of fish with salt and pepper, then stuff with remaining garlic, a layer of lemon slices and thyme sprigs. Rub outside of fish with remaining 2 tablespoons oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

To roast, put fish in roasting pan and cook for about 20 minutes (cooking time will depend on fish size). If grilling, cook until firm enough to turn, 5 to 8 minutes. Turn and cook second side for 5 to 8 minutes. Whether roasting or grilling, fish is done when exterior is crisp and a thin-bladed knife passes easily through the flesh.

Taste tomato mixture and adjust seasoning, adding more oil if needed. Serve fish topped with tomatoes and their liquid.

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  • on March 25, 2012

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    This dish was FABULOUS!!!!! The only mistake I made was not buying 2 fishes my guest couldn't get enough of it FANTASTIC!!

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  • on December 10, 2011

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    Great! If you like basil, us instead of thyme. Impressive dish to serve guests. Also, cheek meat is the best meat on a fish and is to be served to the guest of honor... or the cook.

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