How To Cook A Whole Fish
Too scared to cook a whole fish? Ever wondered how to cook a whole fish? Cooking a whole fish is actually incredibly simple and easy. It's the presentation of whole fish in cook books which makes it appear to be a difficult recipe to master, but nothing could be further from the truth.
I was lucky enough for my 11 year old to catch this trout and bring it home gutted and ready to cook. You don't want to overpower fish, so choose some gentle flavours to go inside the cavity of the fish.
This method will be adaptable for most fish, just adjust the cooking time according to Mr Google (seriously, imagine all the varieties of fish and cooking times). I chose to go with the class combination of lemon and parsley.
I placed a couple of handfuls of washed whole parsley along the cavity, then placed sliced lemons on top, with a few peeled but whole garlic cloves. Place some more parsley on top so the garlic isn't touching the fish. By adding whole garlic, you won't overpower the fish, as you would with crushed garlic. Once it is cooked I threw away the garlic but used the parsley and lemon served on the side.
Place the whole fish in an oiled heavy baking dish and place cherry tomatoes around the fish. Bake in the oven at 180C/350F until cooked (our trout took 20 minutes). Remove the foil and be careful to allow the steam to escape.
Peel gently the skin away from the fish and serve with a selection of vegetables or a large summer salad. The picture below shows our dinner served with cherry tomatoes, green beans and mashed cauliflower with chives, salt, pepper and butter.
The simplest meals are often the best. Keep it simple, keep it easy and keep it healthy. Nothing complicated is generally the best. That's the beauty of LCHF, back to basics. Good food doesn't have to be fancy, in fact, the simpler the better.
How To Cook A Whole Fish
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- 1 whole fish scaled and gutted
- 1 handful fresh parsley
- 6 lemon wedges
- 3 cloves peeled whole garlic
- Wash the fish inside the cavity and the outside to remove any scales or blood.
- Place the whole fish in a oiled baking dish.
- Open the cavity and place handful of parsley inside, place lemon wedges on top.
- Add 2 or 3 peeled garlic cloves inside, cover with more fresh parsley.
- Close the fish cavity, cover the baking dish with foil and bake until cooked.
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