Pesce al Sale Baked Fish in Salt Crust - Passion Is Cooking

Pesce al Sale Baked Fish in Salt Crust

Pesce al Sale

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: fish, pesce, salt
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs whole fish, cleaned (descaled)
  • 2 kg coarse kosher salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 2 sprigs of basil
  • 2 sprigs of parsley
  • 1 lemon zest, grated

Instructions

  • Preheat oven at 400 degrees F.
  • Clean the fish properly by removing the interior and running under cold water, make sure the fish is completely dry.
  • Finely chopped all the aromatic herbs and transfer to a bowl, add the finely minced garlic and lemon zest.
  • Whip the egg whites in a very clean bowl until obtaining stiff pick consistency.
  • Add the fresh herbs mixture (but one teaspoon to season in the cavity of the fish) and the coarse salt.
  • In a baking tray lined with parchment paper spread a small amount of the salt egg white mixture about 1 cm thick, to create a base for the fish.
  • Cover the fish with the remaining of the salt egg whites mixture, press it gently allowing the mixture to create a canvas resembling the shape of the fish. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • After is cooked remove it from the oven let it rest for 5 minutes and break with a mallet the salt crust and remove all the salt. Clean the fish and serve.

Notes

Wine Pairing: Sratus Sauvignon Blanc
Juice Pairing: Mint Of Cucumber
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