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Whole Roasted Fish

Baked Red Snapper

In preparation for our move to Seattle and all of the fish that would be available, my parents gave me a Le Creuset Fish Gratin. Just like all things Le Crueset, I'm obsessed with this little cast iron pan.

It's perfect for a simple baked fish and can also be used on a grill, doesn't get easier than that. It makes for a fun presentation too...as long as you don't get creeped out by the tiny little teeth and glazed over eyeball. The only tough part is picking out the small bones....be careful!

I seasoned and stuffed my red snapper with thyme, oregano, herbes de provence, lemon slices, garlic, salt and pepper and the placed it over a bed of some veggies. You can season it with whatever you are hungry for, I think next time I'll add some spice with a hot pepper.

It doesn't get much easier than this and it's healthy!

Below is my recipe, I made mine in the oven, but I definitely plan on using the grill next time.

1 whole red snapper (approx 1-1/2 lbs)
2 tablespoons thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon oregano, chopped
2 teaspoons herbes de provence
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1-2 cups dry white wine (or chicken broth)
potatoes cut into bite size pieces
2 shallots, sliced
6 to 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
olive oil
2 tablespoons butter 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Place 1 tablespoon of olive oil, potatoes, shallots, leeks, salt and pepper in gratin and cook on stove top over medium heat. Cook for about 5-7 minutes.

Add wine to gratin (so it is about 3/4 full), turn heat to medium and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile prep fish, by stuffing thyme, oregano, garlic and a few lemon slices inside the body cavity. Break butter into pieces and place on top of fish, squeeze a little lemon juice on top and season with herbes de provence.

After gratin with wine and potatoes has cooked for 10 minutes, add tomatoes and carefully place fish on top, add a few more lemon slices, and cover with aluminum foil. Then place in preheated oven and cook for 25 minutes.

Reader Comments (3)

Cute dish! I was eyeing that at TJ Maxx and I wasn't sure if I should get it but now I really want it! And the little teeth and glazed eyeball doesn't freak me out at all. Koreans eat fish like that all the time. It's actually a staple in our community.

Can't wait to give your recipe a try. I'm only used to Korean flavorings with fish like this but this recipe looks incredible, and something very new to me.

The idea of roasting a whole fish scares the hell out of me - for no reason other than I'm just nuts. But it doesn't look so scary! I need to get up the gumption and just do this. I love red snapper, and he looks utterly delish.

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMegan {Country Cleaver}

Chung Ah- You definitely should get it if you can snag a deal at TJ Maxx, love that place! I'll have to check out your site for some fish recipes with Korean flavorings.

Megan - Trust me, it's so easy, if I could tackle this feat you definitely can. I started with a small fish and now I'll work my way up!

April 17, 2012 | Registered CommenterCarrie

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