Whole Baked Fish

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4 People

We know that cooking a fish whole can be pretty intimidating, but never fear, this may just be one of the quickest and easiest dishes we’ve ever posted! Make sure you get nice fresh fish and it really is the hero of this dish. Such a great dish to do when entertaining and your guests will be mighty impressed!

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  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 25 minutes
  • Serves: 4 People


  • 700 g Fish (we used a 700g snapper), Ask your fish monger for a fresh, local, sustainably caught white fish
  • 50 g Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Lemon


  • 1)

    Start with a fish that has been scaled and gutted.

  • 2)

    Cut three slits along one side of fish (f fish is a similar size to ours). This allows for it to cook easily, for the flavours to get in and is a window so you can see when its done.

  • 3)

    Pop into a roasting tray with baking paper.

  • 4)

    Drizzle the fish in olive oil (over head too), then cover with a good crack of pepper, decent sprinkle of salt and the zest of one lemon.

  • 5)

    Quarter your lemon and put pieces inside fish cavity.

  • 6)

    Slice up some butter and cover the top of the fish in them. We used approx 50g.

  • 7)

    Pop into the oven on 200C. Ours took 20 mins.

  • 8)

    Remove fromt he oven once cooked. You are look for there to be no raw fish in the cuts that you made, you want it to be only just cooked though as the heat will continue to cook it once removed from the oven.

  • 9)

    Spoon the butter from the bottom of the dish over the fish and then leave to rest for 5-10 mins.

  • 10)

    Dig in! (Video on stories/IGTV to get meat off the frame).

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