The Basics: How to Make a Whole Roasted Fish

The Basics: How to Make a Whole Roasted Fish

From the store to the kitchen to the table: We outline the steps that get you from something raw to something cooked using simple ingredients, free of measurements and complicated techniques. A method that you can have in your back pocket and whip out whenever you like. We call it recipe-free cooking.

You'll need:

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  • paper towels
  • a knife
  • a rack or aluminum foil
  • a baking sheet
  • a fork
  • a spatula
  • one small whole fish (a two-pound fish will feed two to three people; ours was farm-raised striped bass, but you could buy snapper, catfish, branzino, or a small salmon; it should come already scaled and gutted)
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • one lemon
  • a couple of fresh rosemary sprigs

Illustrations by Bill Russell