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This baked whole fish recipe uses trout, but it would suit any medium sized whole fish, bream, carp, any catch of the day.
It's really simple to prepare and cook and uses minimal ingredients.
If they're bigger than 1lb (500g) each, then give them a little longer in the oven. Do see the important tip about oven temperature in the pink box below.
The fish are ready when they're firm to the touch.
Serve with potatoes and salad or vegetables.
This a really simple way of cooking baked fish - so easy and straightforward. You could cook it for a family tea or a dinner party and nobody would complain.
You could add a small glass of white wine as well if you like - just tip it in along with the lemon juice.
Heat your oven to Gas Mark 4,350 F or 180C
Wash and dry the fish.
Oil an ovenproof dish and lay the fish in.
Sprinkle the parsley into the cavity of the fish and season with pepper and lemon juice, then dot with butter.
Bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes until the fish is cooked through.
It will be firm to the touch.
Lift the fish carefully out of the dish with two spatulas, spoon the juices over and serve with some boiled new potatoes and buttered vegetables or a crispy salad.
For any baked whole fish recipe, it's crucial to have the oven pre-heated and up to temperature.
Fish doesn't take long to cook, but it does need to go in at the right temperature.
Have you noticed that the oven light will often go on for a minute or two after you've put your food in the oven? It then takes another minute or so for the light to go off and reach temperature again.
Preheat your oven about 20F or 10c higher than the stated temperature, and when you put the fish in, lower it down to 350F or 180c. Opening the oven door will let a bit of heat out and then it will start cooking at around the correct temperature. You'll then be able to start timing straight away.
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By Liz Alderson, Mar 30, 2016
A very easy way of cooking whole trout or any other catch of the day. Simplicity is the best way to present a very tasty, fresh fish.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Main Ingredient: whole trout or other small fish, lemon, parsley, pepper