Baked Branzino (Sea Bass)

Baked Branzino (Sea Bass)

Alessandro Clemente

You may have heard the name Branzino before but not known to what it was referring. The Branzino is a common fish one would find on coastal Italian menus throughout the country. The word Branzino actually translates directly into Sea Bass, but to say that this recipe tastes like traditional Seabass would be a mistake. This recipe is so rich and flavorful that the term Branzino offers it the alluring essence it so rightly deserves.

Seabass is a traditional Italian offering because of its accessibility for fisherman off the coast of the Adriatic or Atlantic. The fish is known for its delicious white flesh as well as for its easy pairing with other summer ingredients. Today’s recipe is for a traditional Seabass dinner, reflective of hundreds of years of coastal italian tradition.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 large fresh Sea Bass
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 2 sage leaves
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • ½ pound cherry tomatoes
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Dry white wine to taste

What You’ll Do

  1. Start by cleaning your seabass. Cut the fins and remove the scales. Make sure to completely remove all of the entrails. Rinse your seabass thoroughly under cold water
  2. Insert the sage leaves, the bay leaf, the garlic clove, and a pinch of salt into the stomach of the fish
  3. Wash your cherry tomatoes and cut them into quarters
  4. Wash and peel your carrot
  5. Chop your carrot, celery, and onion into bite sized pieces
  6. Turn your oven on to bake at 350 degrees
  7. Put your chopped vegetables in a pan and add olive oil
  8. Add your parsley and cherry tomatoes after several minutes
  9. Cook on low heat until the oil is absorbed into the vegetables
  10. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  11. Coarsely break your basil with your hands and put it into the pan
  12. Season your vegetables with salt and pepper and turn off the heat
  13. Place your fish on a large sheet pan and sprinkle with olive oil
  14. Place all of your vegetables along with the sauce to the sheet pan
  15. Place your pan in the oven and cook for 45 minutes or so
  16. Check on your fish periodically and spray with white wine occasionally to maintain moisture

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