Salt Crusted Fish Recipe

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When I saw the article in the May edition of Fine Cooking on Salt Encrusted Fish, I knew I had to try it. After all, I live in South Florida and I’m always trying to figure out new things to do with seafood.

This technique is surprisingly easy! Essentially, you take a whole fish and encase it in a salt layer that steams the fish as it cooks! And, it just looks cool.

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Servings: 3


Cost per serving $3.14 view details
  • 1 whole fish (1-2 lbs) (this will feed 2-3 people depending on the size of the fish)- the larger the fish the more salt/egg whites/water you will need!
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4 1/1 cups of salt
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup PLUS 2 tbs water


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Your fish will need to have its insides and all scales removed (have your butcher do this). Rinse the fish and pat dry.
  3. Rub the outside of the fish with olive oil (so it will be easier to remove the salt crust after it bakes). Stuff the fish with your favorite aromatics- herbs, lemons, garlic, shallots- whatever you like!
  4. Next, mix your salt with the egg whites and water. Spread enough of the salt mixture on the baking pan to make a bed to put the fish on, about 1/4” thick. Put the fish on top of the salt bed and make a 1/4” crust around the entire fish.
  5. Roast the fish for 20-30 minutes of until an instant read thermometer reads 135 degrees.
  6. Remove the fish and let it rest for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Take the back of a metal spoon and tap the salt crust to break it. Next, push the crust to the side so the fish is exposed. Using the spoon, scrape the skin off the top of the fillet and push it to the side.
  8. Run the spoon along the spins to separate the meat from the bones and then use a fork or spatula to put the fish on serving plates.
  9. Serve with olive oil and lemon juice. Your guests will love this simple and fun party trick and it will make you look like a cooking genius. The hardest part of this whole process is removing the bones so take your time and it will turn out great!


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 566g
Recipe makes 3 servings
Calories 32  
Calories from Fat 17 53%
Total Fat 1.96g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.3g 1%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 188641mg 7860%
Potassium 103mg 3%
Total Carbs 0.0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0.0g 0%
Sugars 0.0g 0%
Protein 3.42g 5%
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