Red mullet baked in sea salt

Red mullet baked in sea salt

Serves 2

Baking fish in salt is a ludicrously easy cooking method, which may be used for any kind of fish. The salt coagulates into a brittle mass, like rock, which enables you to start the proceedings at the table in a spectacular manner by cracking the rock open to reveal the fish.

Ingredients

  • 2 large or 4 small whole red mullet
  • 1kg/2 lb sea salt
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp water
  • Pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped herbs, eg tarragon, rosemary, chervil, fennel, dill

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 190C/380F/Gas 5.
  2. Season fish with pepper and herbs.
  3. Tip salt into mixing bowl. Beat water and egg white and add to salt. Turn over several times, rapidly, to make the salt fairly sticky.
  4. On a baking tray, make bed of salt 1cm/ ½ inch thick and just wide enough to accommodate the fish. Place fish on bed and cover with remaining salt. Pat down gently.
  5. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Bake for 20-30 minutes depending on size of fish..
  6. To serve, crack open salt crust and remove fish carefully to plate.

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