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Grilled Whole Branzino

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Grilled Whole Branzino is one of the best ways to grill the whole fish!  This grilled whole branzino is stuffed with fresh cloves of garlic, fresh parsley, slices of lemon, salt, pepper and extra virgin olive oil, then its placed into a fish wire basket and grilled on the BBQ for 10 minutes per side. 

A quick and easy recipe for grilling whole fish is perfect for any weekend, and always turns out SO delicious!  It’s perfect every time!

Grilling outdoors is about making dinner super easy!  And seafood is a natural for the grill and grilling whole fish is even easier.

Branzino is a Mediterranean fish and can be found  in most seafood markets.



Branzino is usually sold around $12.00 to $14.00 per pound.  It’s not too expensive, considering they charge about $38.00 dollars or more per dish in any upscale restaurant.

Just ask the guy behind the seafood counter to clean out the guts, and have it scaled and the fins removed.  Keep the whole fish in the sealed bag in the refrigerator until your ready to grill them outside.

Grilled Branzino is a real seafood treat.  If you never made this before,we highly recommend you try it! 

It’s a delicate white fish that doesn’t need a lot of seasonings to enhance its flavor.  A little lemon, garlic, parsley, olive oil and salt and pepper is all it needs!  The outcome is always perfect and consistent every time you make it, tender, super moist and delicious tasting!


How to Make Grilled Whole Branzino:

1.  Rinse the fish.

2 . Simply place the branzino into a wire basket, similar to a portable stainless steel grilling fish basket and lay it over a baking pan to work on ( do this to keep your counter clean).


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3.  Then season each fish with salt and pepper inside the cavity and on the outside of the whole fish.

4.  Stuff each cavity with a few slices of lemon, some cloves of garlic and sprigs of fresh parsley, then drizzle with some olive oil inside the cavity.  The olive oil will help keep the fish moist while grilling.




5.  Grill branzino until the fish is fully cooked, usually about 5 to 10 minutes per side for the smaller ones and 15 minutes or more for the larger ones (over a pound each). You can tell if the fish if fully cooked when you poke it with a fork and the meat is firm to the touch.

6.  Then remove from grill, let it rest for a few minutes before preparing for serving.


Should we filet the whole fish before serving?

I prefer to filet the whole fish, removing all the bones before serving, which takes about 5 to 8 minutes to filet them.

Once you filet each one, transfer all the white meat to a serving plate, add a little drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and fresh lemon juice on top and serve.  This makes it easier and more enjoyable to eat the fish.

You will need a little patience to filet it, but it’s worth it.  This is a fish that everyone needs to be told to eat it slowly, due to possibly some bones could be left behind.


Branzino is a very delicate, moist fish and it’s most delicious when served with a great bottle of white wine!

Everyone asks us what kind of wine to pair with seafood dishes.  A chilled Pinot Grigio is perfect to serve on warm days of summer and with most seafood dishes.  We always serve branzino with it. Pinot Grigio is popular for its refreshing and vibrant citrus flavor, as it enhances the entire meal.

We hope you’ll enjoy this recipe as much as we do.




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Yield: 4 to 6

Grilled Whole Branzino

Grilled Whole Branzino

Grilled Whole Branzino ~ is a quick and easy seafood dinner that's perfect for any weekend and ready in 15 minutes!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 4 Whole Branzino, guts cleaned out and scaled
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • 6 to 8 cloves of garlic
  • few sprigs of fresh parsley
  • 3 lemons - divided
  • extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • lemon wedges, for serving


  1. Place the whole brazino into a fish basket and lay it over a baking sheet (for easy clean up). Season each fish with salt and pepper inside the cavity and outside.
  2. Stuff each one with a few slices of lemon, some cloves of garlic and sprigs of fresh parsley. Drizzle with olive oil inside the cavity and on the outside of each fish. Close the latch of the basket.
  3. Place fish basket onto a hot grill and grill the fish for about 10 minutes per side, turning the basket over after 5 minutes or so, until the skins are browned and charred. Remove from the grill, and set it aside to cool down a bit.
  4. Open the latch of the fish basket and take out one branzino at a time and place it onto a plate. Using a fork, peel back the charred skins, and push them aside while working to filet the fish.
  5. Gently place the fork in the middle of the fish and flip the cavity open. Remove and discard all large bones, and even some of the smaller bones ( especially if you are serving to small children) You may want to use yours hands to best feel for smaller bones.
  6. When filleting the fish, use a spoon and a fork together to transfer all the white meat to a serving platter.
  7. Do the same with the other branzino. Next, drizzle on top with olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. Garnish with fresh parsley and lemon wedges around the platter and serve.
  8. Serves 4 to 6


The amount of time to grill branzino will vary depending how large or small they come. It's best to filet them while they are still warm but not too hot to handle with your hands, in case you need to. Not recommended for children under 3 yrs of age.


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  • Reply
    August 4, 2017 at 10:44 am

    I’ve often been tempted to try Branzino in restaurants and would love to try it at home without the hefty price tag ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks so fresh and tasty! Have a great weekend.

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      August 10, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Thank you Susan! Have a great week!

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    August 1, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    LOVELY! I’ve always wanted to try something like this. Thanks for the great, easy recipe. More fish for us!

    • Reply
      2 Sisters Recipes
      August 1, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks Tricia! We eat more seafood during the summer months, and we have so many more to post. Hopefully, soon! Have a great day!

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