Whole Roasted Snapper Recipe with Anchovy Butter and Fresh Herbs. An italian seaside favorite baked fish offering sensational flavor and visual appeal.
It has been magical, completely magical.
We are starting an Italy travel series in the next couple weeks and will share our photos, stories, and travel tips on Tuesdays. #TravelTuesdays we’ll call them.
But for today, I want to share a recipe that became an instant favorite while we were in Liguria, along the Italian Riviera. A whole roasted snapper recipe with anchovy butter and herbs.
Some people are afraid of cooking and eating baked fish with the head attached.
I figure, if you are going to participate in the food chain and eat another living creature, you owe it the respect of looking it straight in the eye, before enjoying its bounty. *wink*
And so it is with this whole roasted snapper recipe.
Many of the fish we experienced in Italy are hard to find here in the states. So I purchased the best looking, freshest, yellowtail snapper I could find. It’s a good substitute for several Italian white fish.
Roasting a whole fish has several benefits over cooking individual fish fillets.
One, leaving the bones, head, and skin intact, means the baked fish retains a lot of it natural flavor while cooking.
Whole fish is also harder to over-cook than small fish fillets.
Plus you can stuff the interior with all sorts of lovely natural flavor enhancers to create a snapper recipe to remember.
Here I made a quick anchovy butter, and rubbed it on the skin and inside the cavity of the fish. Then I filled the cavity with fresh-cut mint and dill from my garden, and sprinkled the whole fish with flake salt and fresh ground pepper.
The salty richness of the anchovy butter, combined with the intense freshness of the herbs, makes the whole fish burst with flavor… reminiscent of an open-air seaside meal in Italy.
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