If you thought enjoying a whole roasted fish was only for dining out, today we are going to change your minds! Roasted Branzino with Tomatoes and Lemon Basil Sauce is simple to prepare and gets dinner on the table in a blink of an eye.
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Earlier this week I talked about a current secret. Today why don’t I share one from my youth?
If you can’t tell from my absolute dislike of football and organized sports in general, I wasn’t a very athletic or even outdoorsy type child growing up. I mean, I went to band camp for crying out loud (go ahead and insert your joke here). I was always more content spending my hours indoors practicing music, doing various arts & crafts and building tall tall buildings with my legos.
However there was always one exception to my no outdoor activities rule and it was even one that I was willing to give up precious sleep for. Quality fishing time with my dad.
Are you surprised? Bet you didn’t see that one coming!
We weren’t a family that hiked, camped or hunted but my dad loved to fish and he made a point to teach all of his children how to do so as well.
Lucky us growing up on Long Island we had a quick drive to fresh water catch and release fishing to learn the basics and then just a short drive to the Atlantic Ocean side for some deep sea fishing.
Champion fisherman we were not. We were lucky to come home with a couple of filets on each trip that the guys on the boat would clean up for us before the day ended. Regardless of the success, there was nothing like breathing in the fresh sea water and the excitement of feeling the pull of that catch on your rod.
It’s been years since I’ve gone on a real fishing trip but my brothers and dad still take regular trips.
Of course the funny part of this tale is, I was always skirmish around the catches. I’d never take a fish off the hook and forget wanting to cook it whole. It’s filets or nothing for me.
So why the sudden change? I guess it happens when you finally discover an approachable fish to cook at home whole that can easily be purchased descaled and deboned by your fishmonger!
Have you been afraid to cook a whole fish at home before? I promise it isn’t that scary and branzino is the perfect starter fish. The flavor is delicate and mild, perfect for those who prefer the blander tasting white fishes. When picking yours out make sure the eyes are clear, not cloudy and there is no fishy oder. That means you’ve got a fresh one on your hands. I always have my fishmonger clean it up for me, since I prefer not to get scales and guts all over the place at home. You can choose to leave the bones in or filet it completely on the inside.
A quick roast in the oven and in less than 25 minutes later your dinner is done. That’s the best part about fish, it cooks up quickly and it’s good for you! Oh in case you are wondering how much this serves? Generally 1 of these guys is enough for a small lunch or dinner for 2 but it’s fish, it doesn’t fill you up that much you may want to go with 1 per person.
Make sure to stop by the Bake Shop and place an order for Rosh Hashanah! Are cookies a traditional dessert? No way but you don’t want to show up empty handed. 🙂