Entertaining with Fish Baked in Salt Crust

Fish baked in salt crust

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In the 18th century, due to the numerous cases of food poisoning during the summer months, Louis XV banned the sales of Oysters and Mussels during “les mois sans R”; “The months without R”, May, June, July and August.

With modern refrigeration technology, and strict Health and Safety regulations the risk is now very low.

However we don’t like to take risks, especially since we love seafood and had food poisoning too many times. So we avoid eating seafood during July and August, the hottest months of the year.

On the other hand, when it is very hot, fish is a lighter and fresher option than meat, so we make exceptions, but only buying from a fish monger we trust, not necessarily expensive ones.

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My favourite place to buy fresh fish is Carrefour, unbeatable for variety, freshness and price. But if I just need to buy a fresh Sea Bream (Dorade in French, Orata in Italian) or Pulp and do not want to venture to the busy coast, I buy from the Fisherman's van at the Baie des Anges.

It sells fresh fish caught daily by the fishermen of the Baie des Anges, and it comes in La Colle at the MarchU parking, twice a week Tuesday's and Friday. It has a limited selection, however the fish are always fresh.

There are plenty of Dorades to be found in the sea off the Baie des Agnes, famous for the large pyramid buildings in Villeneuve Loubet. I once saw an Italian fisherman who caught 20 Dorades in 3 hours, just fishing from the beach.

Baie des Anges

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When the fish is fresh I love to cook it in Salt, it retains the freshness of the sea, it is simple to do and presents well. Perfect combination to impress your guests at a dinner party!

This dish is served in the best seafood restaurants, and I have seen people paying a fortune for it, but in reality it is the simplest dish to prepare at home.

There is no need to add any seasoning as the flesh of the fish will absorb the right amount of salt to enhance its flavour while maintaining its moisture.

You need to buy at least 1.5 Kg of coarse Sea Salt (Gros Sel Marin) for 1 kg of fish, depending on the size of your casserole. It sounds a like lot, but each kilo of salt only costs between € 1 to € 2. No need to buy an expensive one. I recommend buying 2 to 3 bags per kilo of fish, better more than less. Any salt leftover can be used to salt the water for boiling pasta, or vegetables.

Preparing the dish: cover the bottom of the pan with 5 cm of salt, place the whole fish (which has been trimmed, scaled and gutted) on top of the salt. Cover the fish with another layer of salt, making sure it is all covered.

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The fish needs to cook for 30 minutes in a preheated oven at 220 C. Gently remove the salt from the fish, making sure the fish remains intact. Place it on a large plate to clean and serve. The fish will be perfectly seasoned.

I serve it with potato salad and green beans seasoned with olive oil, lemon, garlic and parsley.

For a dinner party it can be combined with a starter of shrimp salad.

When I serve fish I always have on my table the Lemon Squeezers for squeezing lemon juice without getting juice on your hands, squirts in the eye or on your clothes, or pips on your food. (affiliate link) and you can find it on amazon.

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Fish baked in salt
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Fish cooked in Salt
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
When the fish is fresh cook it in Salt, it retains the freshness of the sea and it is simple to do and presents well. Perfect combination to impress your guests at a dinner party, and you would not believe how simple it is to do!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Spanish
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 274 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 kg sea bream Whole fish trimmed, scaled and gutted
  • 2 kg sea coarser salt
Instructions
  1. Cover the bottom of a pan with 5 cm of salt, place the whole fish (which has been trimmed, scaled and gutted) on top of the salt.
    Fish baked in salt
  2. Cover the fish with another layer of salt, making sure it is all covered.
    salt crust to cook fish
  3. Cook the fish for 30 minutes in a preheated oven at 220 C.
  4. Gently remove the salt from the fish, making sure the fish remains intact.
    Fish baked in salt
  5. Place it on a large plate to clean and serve. The fish will be perfectly seasoned.
    Fish baked in salt
Recipe Notes

Calories 274 calories per serving
Fat 14 gr per serving
Carbohydrates 8gr per serving
Proteins 32gr per serving
Sugar 3 gr per serving
Sodium 878mg per serving

Nutritional information is provided for general purpose only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely.

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  12 comments for “Entertaining with Fish Baked in Salt Crust

  1. Anjie
    2nd September 2015 at 8:49 am

    Great post Laura, thanks for sharing your wonderful knowledge

    • Laura
      2nd September 2015 at 1:24 pm

      That is what I call teamwork!

  2. Teri
    2nd July 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Ok, this is a wow recipe for me. So simple, but such a wonderful way to prepare fish. I am showing this to my husband, I think he will be impressed.

    • Laura
      2nd July 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Thank you Teri, I am sure you will love it

  3. Christie
    2nd July 2017 at 3:12 pm

    I have wanted to try this for a long time. Love the way you laid out the instructions.

    • Laura
      2nd July 2017 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you, let me know how it goes. Once you make it once you will be amazed to find out how easy it is

  4. 2nd July 2017 at 3:25 pm

    I have heard about salting a fish, but admit not done it. Mostly because didn’t understand it. You explained it that now I know why and want to try it!!

    • Laura
      2nd July 2017 at 4:50 pm

      I know, it seems so complicated and instead it is so easy

  5. 2nd July 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Love salt-baked fish? Do you think this would work with salmon as well?

    • Laura
      3rd July 2017 at 5:12 am

      Thank you Rebecca, sure, it will work with any fish. Just increase the cooking time based on the weight

  6. Pattysaveurs
    2nd July 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Wonderful recipe Laura and very well explained with all the pictures, I will try to make sea bream your way next time!

    • Laura
      3rd July 2017 at 5:13 am

      Thank you Patty, so light and simple

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