Greek-Style Roasted Branzino
The Mediterranean Dish
Extra virgin olive oil
1 lb. whole branzino fish, cleaned, head and tail attached (or striped bass, black bass, flounder, red snapper)
Kosher salt and black pepper
½ lemon, sliced into rounds
½ red onion, sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup chopped fresh dill
1 Ladolemono recipe (below)
Adjust a rack in the center of your oven. Heat the oven to 400°.
Pat the fish. With a sharp knife, make two slits on both sides of the fish. Rub the fish with kosher salt and black pepper on both sides, inserting the seasoning through the slits and in the fish cavity.
Stuff the fish cavity with the sliced onion and lemon.
Roast in the center rack of your heated oven for 5 minutes on one side, then turn over and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes or until the fish is cooked and flakes easily. Turn the broiler on and place the fish about 6 inches from the heat source for 3 to 4 minutes or until the skin chars.
While the fish is cooking, prepare the Greek ladolemono sauce. (see below)
As soon as the fish is finished, remove it from the oven. Transfer the fish to a serving platter and drizzle immediately with as much of the ladolemono sauce as you like, making sure to add some of the sauce all over the cavity part as well. Toss the cherry tomatoes with a little salt and spoon them over the fish (you can drizzle a bit of the sauce again all the tomatoes). Finish with fresh dill. Serve immediately.
For the ladolemono sauce:
¼ cup fresh lemon juice, juice of 2 large lemons
1 to 2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 large garlic clove minced
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
¾ teaspoon black pepper
¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
Put the lemon juice, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Whisk to combine. While you are whisking vigorously, slowly drizzle in the extra virgin olive oil.