Holiday Cooking with Chef Sven; Part II

December 10, 2012

Flying Art

The Tradition of Holiday Trains

Make this a holiday to remember by serving  a Salt-Baked Whole Branzino!

What you’ll need:

1 Branzino, whole, 1lb-1.25lb

1 sliced Lemon

1 sliced Orange

4 Bay  leaves, fresh

2 tbsp Extra  virgin olive oil

1 tbsp Mixed fresh herbs chopped

(parsley, tarragon, chervil, chives)

1lb Sea salt, coarse



  1. First spread a thin layer of sea salt on a baking pan and heat on a charcoal fire, or gas/electric grill.
  2. Next season the fish in- and outside with salt and pepper.
  3. Then place the whole Branzino on the hot sea salt (in the baking pan).
  4. Cover the fish with sliced lemon, oranges and 1 whole bay leaf.
  5. Now cover the fish with more hot sea salt and cook for about 8 minutes over an open flame or about 12 minutes in a 375° oven.
  6. After the cooking time, let the fish sit for 3 minutes or so.
  7. Before taking the fish out of the pan make sure to brush it clean of salt.
  8. Before serving, brush the fish with the herb oil—made with olive oil, chopped herbs, 1tbsp lemon juice and salt and pepper



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