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Salt-Roasted Whole Red Snapper

Photo: Iain Bagwell
Prep time 5 mins
Cook time 40 mins
Total time 45 mins
Yield Makes 3 to 4 servings
If you're looking for moist and tender fish, try Salt-Roasted Whole Red Snapper. The crust seals in the juices and flavor while the fish cooks.

Ingredients

  • 1 (3 1/2- to 4-pound) whole yellowtail snapper or other mild white fish, cleaned
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 4 rosemary sprigs
  • 2 (3-pound) boxes kosher salt
  • 4 egg whites

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Stuff fish with sliced lemons and rosemary.

  2. Combine kosher salt, egg whites, and 1/2 cup water in a large bowl. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Spread one-third of the salt mixture on the lined baking sheet. Top with fish; cover with remaining salt mixture.

  3. Bake fish 40 to 50 minutes. Crack salt layer with a hammer or meat mallet, and remove. Peel back fish skin; carefully remove meat, discarding skin and bones.