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Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur. She has held true to her Italian roots and culture, which she proudly and warmly invites her fans to experience.
 
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Cooking Whole Fish
Cooking fish whole—on the bone with the head and tail attached—is the best way to eat fish. To my ...
 
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Lidia's Commonsense Italian Cooking
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May 5, 2014
Cooking Whole Fish

Cooking fish whole—on the bone with the head and tail attached—is the best way to eat fish. To my taste, the meat around the bones is always sweeter and tastier. I especially like the cheeks and the tail meat. American striped bass—like its Mediterranean counterpart branzino—is a rockfish, thriving near shores. The texture of the meat of striped bass is juicy, flaky, tasty, and very delicate. With a drizzle of good virgin olive oil and lemon, it is sublime in its simplicity. If no striped bass is found, black bass, red snapper and other fish yield delicious results. The best size of a whole fish for two portions is around 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. Toss the whole fish with some salt, drizzle it with olive oil, stuff the belly cavity with a few slices of lemon, set it on lightly oiled sheet pan and bake in a hot 475 degree oven for 20 minutes. You can also set the fish on a hot grill, but do not touch the fish until it has formed a crust underneath, about 15 minutes then flip with a long spatula and cook for additional 10 minutes without touching. Serve with a sprinkle of coarse sea salt and a drizzle of the best extra virgin olive oil you have.