Here’s another version that comes from our Fish Monger, Dry Dock, at our local Farmers’ Market.
Dry Dock’s Roasted Branzino with Caper Butter
1 stick unsalted butter, softened or 1/2 C olive oil to make it CLEAN
1 tablespoon finely chopped capers
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Salt to taste
Four 1- to 1 1/4-pound whole Branzino or striped bass, scaled and gutted
1 lemon, sliced into 8 rounds
4 large rosemary sprigs
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 425°. In a medium bowl, mix the butter with the capers, lemon juice and parsley and season with salt. Keep at room temperature.
- Season the Branzino cavities with salt and stuff 2 lemon rounds and 1 rosemary sprig in each. Season the fish with salt.
- In a large, ovenproof skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil until shimmering. Add 2 of the branzino and cook over medium heat until the skin is browned and crisp, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the fish to a large rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 2 stuffed branzino. Roast the fish in the oven for about 10 minutes, until just cooked through.
- Serve whole or filleted, passing the caper butter at the table