Seafood Recipes/ Under 30 Minute Meals

Bake or Roast Branzino with Lemon Garlic & Wine

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Bake or Roast Branzino with Lemon Garlic & Wine is one of the most flavorful, soft, and delicate fish to eat. Branzino is stuffed with lemon slices, garlic, and fresh parsley and baked with wine until the fish is fully cooked.  A delicious seafood dish that’s easy to prepare and costs much less than ordering it in a restaurant. 

 

Branzino is a European Sea Bass and it’s usually baked or grilled and served with an olive oil and fresh herbs dressing drizzled on top, or on the side.  It is one of my favorite seafood dishes and one I enjoy making it at home all the time! 

When you make any seafood dinner at home, especially branzino it will only cost you about one third of the price compared to ordering in a restaurant.  It’s a great savings! 

 

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Here’s a Good TIP:

If you purchase branzino at your local seafood market, ask the guy behind the counter to remove its head, tail and guts and scale it for you.  If you prefer to leave it whole, then ask the fishmonger to only remove its guts, but still scale it for you. 

Then follow our easy recipe!  It only take a few minutes to prep, and into the oven it goes!  It bakes in less than 30 minutes! 

You can easily grill branzino outdoors on your barbecue, and we have a recipe for Grilled Whole Branzino if you’d like to try it.

 

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Our family loves when I make their favorite seafood dinners like this one.  This is a delicious recipe and one that is very easy to do!  Don’t be afraid to try it.  

Bake or Roast Branzino with Lemon Garlic & Wine is a wonderful seafood dish you can easily cook in the comfort of your own kitchen!  

ENJOY!!

 

 Cook’s Notes and Tips:

  • Branzino is a fish with bones.  Before serving, you will have to remove the spine and large bones and discard them.  Then use a spatula to transfer its meat to a serving dish or platter. 

  • Because of the bones, branzino is a fish I would not recommend serving to small children. 

  • Ovens will vary, so with that said, you may need more or less baking/or roasting time.  Also, Branzino’s will vary in weight and in thickness, and you will need to check on the fish to see if it’s fully cooked near the end of cooking time.

  • HOW can we tell when the fish is fully cooked?  You can tell when the body is firm when you touch it. 

  • Always use a good quality of extra virgin olive oil for serving with this recipe.

  • Branzino is available all year long in most supermarkets that have fish department, like Whole Foods. 

  • Best to serve branzino with fresh squeezed lemon juice on top, or on the side. Then drizzle lightly over the fish with some extra virgin olive oil to give it the final touch and more flavor.  Garnish with freshly chopped parsley sprinkled on top. 

     

 

 *You can follow along below, or jump down to the bottom of this post for our recipe card. 

Bake or Roast Branzino with Lemon Garlic & Wine:

  • 2 small Branzino’s ( about 1 pound each)

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • 4 garlic cloves- sliced

  • 2 lemons – divided

  • 1 cup fresh Italian parsley – chopped

  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary

  •  sea salt and freshly cracked ground black pepper

  • 3/4 cup white wine

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

 

Preheat oven 400 degrees.  Rinse fish, pat dry. Line a baking pan with foil wrap and spray with cooking oil (for fast clean-up).

Place fish onto pan.  Stuff the cavity of each fish with some garlic slices, 2 to 3 lemon slices and some fresh parsley.  Season the outside of the fish with some salt, pepper and rosemary.

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Drizzle extra virgin olive oil inside the cavity, and over the fish as well.

BAKE uncovered at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.

Then pull the pan out and turn the fish over.  Pour the wine and lemon juice over the fish, and bake for an additional 12 to 15 minutes. 

Optional:  Just before you remove the fish from the oven, TURN the oven to Broil, and broil fish for about 3 minutes, until skins blister.  Remove from oven.

To serve the fish, place the fork inside the center of the cavity and gently flip the fish open.  Lift, remove and discard the spine and all large bones.  Remove the parsley and lemon slices to the side, and discard. 

 

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Transfer the meat of the fish onto a serving dish or platter. Lightly drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and fresh lemon juice on top.  Garnish with lemon slices and freshly chopped parsley. 

Serve immediately.   Serves 2 

 

 

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Yield: 2 to 3 servings

Bake or Roast Branzino with Lemon Garlic and Wine

Bake or Roast Branzino with Lemon Garlic and Wine

Bake or Roast Branzino with Lemon Garlic and Wine. Branzino is a European Sea Bass fish. It is a very flavorful, soft, and delicate fish to eat, especially when branzino is baked with some lemon slices, sliced garlic cloves, white wine and fresh parsley.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 small Branzino's ( about 1 pound each)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves- sliced
  • 2 lemons - divided
  • 1 cup fresh Italian parsley - chopped
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, plus extra for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees.
  2. Rinse fish, pat dry. Line a baking pan with foil wrap and spray with cooking oil.
  3. Place fish onto pan.
  4. Stuff the cavity of each fish with some garlic slices, 2 to 3 lemon slices and some fresh parsley.
  5. Season the outside of fish with some salt, pepper and rosemary.
  6. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil inside the cavity and over the fish as well.
  7. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.
  8. Carefully pull out the pan as much as you can, or remove it ( if it's easier). Using a spatula and a large spoon to Turn the fish over, and pour the wine and lemon juice over the fish and continue to bake for another 12 to 15 minutes.
  9. Optional: Turn the oven to Broil, and broil fish for about 3 minutes, until skins blister.
  10. Fish should be firm when you touch it with a fork. Remove from oven. Let it sit for a few minutes before working on it.

To Serve Branzino:

  1. Place the fork inside the center of the cavity and gently flip the fish open. Lift, remove and discard the spine and all large bones. Remove the parsley and lemon slices and discard. Transfer fish onto a serving dish or serving platter.
  2. Lightly drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon juice over the fish. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh parsley. Serve immediately.
  3. Serves 2

Notes

Branzino has many bones, and you will need some patience to remove most of them after it's cooked. Everyone needs to be reminded to eat it slowly and take their time. Not recommended for small children.


 

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Joanne
    March 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I love the really fresh, lemony flavors in this meal!

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    Cooking Creation
    March 12, 2012 at 12:57 am

    I bet this tasted delicious! Adding this one to my to-cook bookmark list!

  • Reply
    Kitchen Belleicious
    March 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    i have never cooked with sea bass before but now I must! This looks great!

  • Reply
    Emily Malloy
    March 13, 2012 at 12:28 am

    What a gorgeous branzino recipe!

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    nancy at good food matters
    March 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    wonderful! I just had roasted branzino for the first time a couple of weeks ago (at a restaurant) your preparation looks spot-on. a delectable fish

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    Dan from Platter Talk
    August 22, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Thanks for another fantastic recipe featuring classic flavors – this branzino looks outstanding!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    August 24, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    If I ever see Branzino at the market, I'd love to try this! This sounds like a such a delicious preparation.

  • Reply
    Mary
    August 25, 2014 at 12:25 am

    What a lovely simple, elegant and healthy meal – love this:) I guess it would work with other types of fish as well!?
    Mary

    • Reply
      annaliz
      August 25, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      Hi Mary,
      This is so easy to make and I do know that it works with red bass and sea bass and I would have to guess possibly any fish that you can get as the whole fish. I am sure you 'll like this one! Thank you for the lovely comment!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    August 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Yum – I would really love this recipe. I've never seen this fish in our market but I am looking now – had it in Florida I think. I love it!

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      annaliz
      August 26, 2014 at 12:05 am

      Hi Tricia,
      I know that Whole foods sells Branzino usually every Friday and we sometimes even find it at our local fish market. I am sure you can find it!

  • Reply
    Jamie
    May 26, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    What can I sub for rosemary. I hate rosemary

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      May 26, 2019 at 6:13 pm

      Hi Jamie! You can add in dried oregano instead of rosemary. Also, use lots of fresh basil and Italian parsley in place of the other herbs! Hope this helps!

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