This may seem a little more adventurous than some of the things we cook on this blog but, in many ways, this dish embodies everything about “My Daddy Cooks” – using fresh ingredients, in extremely fun and creative play, while making a big mess in the process!
“Fish in a salt crust” is one of those “cheffy” sounding dishes which is actually not cheffy at all. It is also a guaranteed way of cooking fish perfectly. The fish (you can choose almost any whole fish) is covered in a mixture of salt, water and eggs and then baked in the oven. The salt hardens to form a crust, enabling the fish to cook absolutely perfectly inside. And because the salt has hardened into a crust, the fish itself is actually surprisingly not salty.
More than anything, it is a huge amount of fun to put together. There is not a little helper around who would not love burying the fish in the piles of the wet salt.
And don’t be put of by price. I always look out for fish on special offer, either at the supermarket or at the fishmonger. I found two large sea-bass at my local supermarket on special offer of buy-one-get-one-free and the two fish I used here only cost £4 in total.
Preparation time 20 minutes
Cooking time 35 minutes
2 x large whole fish, gutted and scaled. I used sea-bass but you can use any flat fish such as sea bream too
1 lemon, cut into thin slices
Two sprigs of rosemary, or any fresh herb you can get your hands on
1.5kg rock salt
1 egg white
A few drops of water
New potatoes and green beans to serve