Roasted Whole Fish

Roasted Whole Fish
Servings: 4 Bake 500°F 25 mins to 35 mins


  • 1 whole red snapper or blackfish (3 to 4 pounds), rinsed inside and out and patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 12 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 16 thin lemon slices
  • 1 large clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • Fresh thyme sprigs for garnish

Make It

1. Heat oven to 500 degrees F. Cut 3 or 4 slashes in each side of fish.

2. Rub fish inside and out with olive oil. Season inside and out with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Makes sure to get some flavoring into the slashes. Tuck into body cavity fresh thyme, lemon slices and garlic.

4. Line a shallow roasting pan with aluminum foil (to ease cleanup) and place the fish on a rack in the pan. Roast, undisturbed, until meat is translucent right down to bone, 25 to 35 minutes. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs. Makes 4 servings.