Sunday, November 6, 2005


Lemon-Anise Baked Fish

a whole white fish, like sea bream or sea bass, scaled, clean and ready for the oven
(2.2lb would render 4 servings)
4 tbsp olive oil, and some for the pan
4 tsp aniseed
3-4 lemon slices

Warm the oven to 390F (180C)

  1. Score the fish on one side two or three times and introduce a half lemon slice in each cut.
  2. Introduce a few seeds inside, season with salt and pepper, and brush with olive oil.
  3. Set on an oven pan, cover the bottom with olive oil to prevent the fish from sticking to the pan, and scatter a few more seeds on the oil.
  4. Bake until ready. Be careful not to overcook. It should take about 40 minutes for a 2.2lb fish.
TIP - You can cook the fish on top of a grill, turning once. Try the lemon slices inside. A charcoal fire adds extra flavor, but an ordinary grill can do a good job.

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