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JKSea Feb 4, 2010 08:35 PM

I've been making 'Splash Bass' from the Silver Palate for years, but would like to find other recipes for whole fish. Anyone have a favorite?

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  1. goodhealthgourmet Feb 4, 2010 10:18 PM

    haven't tried this one yet, but bookmarked it the second i saw it on Monday:
    http://www.winespectator.com/webfeatu...

    1. souschef Feb 5, 2010 02:01 AM

      Pickerel Chinese style:

      Put a whole pickerel into a steamer, put chopped green onions on top and steam till cooked. Transfer to a serving dish, pour a few dashes of soy sauce over, then pour boiling peanut oil over.

      A word of caution: I just use very hot peanut oil. Boiling the stuff could be hazardous to your kitchen. Stand well back when you pour the oil as it splatters; I put the serving dish in newspaper to try and contain the splatter.

      Serve with steamed rice.

      1. BigSal Feb 5, 2010 03:18 AM

        A simple, but delicious Spanish treatment is Dorada a la Sal (Salt crusted Bream). Lubina (Bass) is also very common. Snapper or salmon would work in this dish too. No special ingredients, just fish, salt and a little water. You can serve your fish with lemon and a little olive oil.

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          mandycat Feb 5, 2010 07:33 AM

          My mother used to make a stuffed red snapper. She sliced it lengthwise and removed the skeleton, not hard if the snapper is large enough. Then she added sauteed finely minced white onion and celery and mixed that with crab meat and diced dill pickle. The dill pickle might sound a bit strange to some but it was a key ingredient. This mixture went between the two snapper halves, which she then dotted with butter and wrapped in aluminum foil. It was baked in a 350 degree oven (I think) for some number of minutes I don't remember. Living in a part of the country where red snapper is slightly more expensive by the ounce than gold, I haven't made this myself in many years but any good baked fish recipe should help you with temperature and timing.

          1. GretchenS Feb 5, 2010 07:49 AM

            Slice potatoes, toss with sliced garlic, black olives and EVOO and bake for 15 minutes or so, toss, add grape or cherry tomatoes and put your whole fish on top and bake till done, about 10 minutes per inch of thickness. You can add sliced or chopped fennel at the beginning if you like it.

            1. Indirect Heat Feb 5, 2010 09:19 AM

              I recently roasted a whole trout in a salt dome. Good fun, that. I followed the instructions here: http://cookbookcatchall.blogspot.com/...

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                Procrastibaker Feb 5, 2010 12:08 PM

                What about just plain old fried trout? I use Julia Child's method-- sprinkle trout with flour, put lemon and parsley inside with salt and pepper. Pan fry in butter. It's pretty hard to beat. I think you can then also make a nice pan sauce with the drippings, white wine and a bit more butter to finish.

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