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Whole baked Leigh snapper on potato

Serves   4-5
Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 35-40 mins

Showcasing whole fish can be a wonderful way to cook. Super easy, this one pot dish is ideal for any whole fish but can also be cooked the same with fillets by reducing your oven time to 15-20 mins. 

Whole baked Leigh snapper on potato

Ingredients

Method

Ingredients

  • 3 ½ kilogram whole Leigh snapper, cleaned and scaled
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 80g unsalted butter, diced
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 2 medium onions, sliced thinly
  • 3 medium sized fresh tomatoes, sliced or 1 tin of cherry tomatoes, drained
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced).
  2. Score the Leigh snapper 2-3 times on each side.
  3. Season the fish, inside and out, with salt, pepper and garlic. Drizzle all over with lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and olive oil, ensuring some of the juices get inside the cavity and scored flesh. Scatter 20g of butter over the fish and pop 30g inside the cavity with 3 bay leaves.
  4. Drizzle the base of a baking dish large enough to hold the fish comfortably with a little olive oil to prevent the potatoes sticking.
  5. Scatter the potatoes, onions, tomatoes, and remaining bay leaves over the base of the dish. Dot tomato paste and remaining butter over the vegetables. Place the fish carefully on top.
  6. Cover with foil and bake in preheated oven, 35-40 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through.
  7. Serve whole at the table.