Simply spectacular: Cooking a whole fish not only makes for an impressive presentation, it is also the most foolproof way of making sure the fish stays juicy during cooking (fillets can dry out much more easily, in other words). Here, the gilthead fish is seasoned with salt, pepper, dill, and fresh lemon juice and baked to cook through, and then it's returned to the oven with potatoes and caramelized onions to become an amazingly harmonious meal.
- 1 gilthead fish (medium)
- salt (to taste)
- ground black pepper (to taste)
- 1 teaspoon dill
- 1 lemon (juice and zest)
- 50 milliliters olive oil
- 8 new potatoes
- 2 tablespoons caramelized onion (in balsamic vinegar)
- port wine
- Preheat oven to 180°C (approximately 350°F).
- Make several shallow cuts in the skin and place in a baking dish.
- Season fish with salt, pepper, dill and lemon juice.
- Drizzle with olive oil. Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes.
- Scrub potatoes thoroughly, place them in a microwave-proof dish and sprinkle generously with salt.
- Cover the container and cook for about 20 minutes at full power.
- When potatoes are cooked, shake off excess salt and make a cross-shaped cut in the middle of each potato.
- Squeeze potatoes slightly to open and fill with caramelized onion.
- Place potatoes in the baking dish with the fish.
- Sprinkle lemon zest over fish.
- Bake for 5 additional minutes.
- Remove from oven and serve immediately.
- Garnish with lemon slices.