Yes, I do actually cook once in a while. I've been TIVOing The Food Network lately, and this recipe was on the other day. When I saw how easy it looked to make, I figured what the hell?! One of my favorite things to get at a restaurant is a whole roasted fish -- my favorites being at Komi and Dino. The other day when I was at BlackSalt, I saw some whole seabass sitting in the cooler for $7.99 a pound, so I figured I'd try to make some myself. I modified the recipe slightly, but to put it simply, the fish came out totally kickass!
The first thing I changed was adding a egg white and salt coating to the fish. a friend told me that at his restaurant this is the technique that he uses, so I figured that since it was one of my favorite whole roasted fish to get, that I'd try it. I also added garlic to the fennel, onion and rosemary stuffing of the fish which I doubt made a difference, but I love garlic! And, don't even bother with the "sauce" on the side with the leftover fennel, onion and lemon juice -- you don't need it at all. Just dump some salt (and when I say salt I mean sea salt or kosher salt, not that iodized crap), extra virgin olive oil, and lemon on top of the fish before you serve it, and you'll be set.
Other than that, I didn't change much, although I did take the fish out of the oven after 30 minutes instead of 40 minutes. Overcooking a whole fish would completely ruin it. And, I didn't make any sides because both me and Amy had a whole fish each and that was basically enough for us. Amy and I were both moaning at how good this was. I'll definitely be making it again soon.
For wine, we had a very nice Spanish 2004 U Mes U Fan Tres Rose, that I picked up at the local wine store, to celebrate this incredible weather we've been having. I thought it went OK with the fish, but I think a Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadet, or Soave would gone much better with it.
Does anyone out there have a good whole roasted fish recipe that they'd like to share with everyone? Please do share!