Whole Fish in Crosta di Sale – A Recipe Anybody Can Do.

This is another recipe for dummies. You can’t fail and it is incredibly good and good for you. To make whole fish baked under a crust of sea salt you only need a trusted fishmonger and a good sea salt.

What we love about this recipe is that when you break the crust in front of your guests it makes quite a theatrical scene. The crust allows the fish to retain its moisture and the fragrance of the herbs you choose to put inside. Of course, the good minerals from the sea salt get transferred to the fish, too. Trapani sea salt has so much more to offer than just saltiness!


TIME: 40 minutes

Fine sea salt, 500g / 1.1 lbs
Coarse sea salt, 500g / 1.1 lbs
Egg yolks, 3
Fresh herbs
Garlic, 1 clove
Whole fish, 500g / 1.1 lbs, eviscerated


  • Put some of the herbs in the belly of the fish.
  • Mix the rest of the herbs, the whole garlic clove, and the sea salt in a big bowl.
  • Add the egg yolks and mix until smooth.
  • Preheat the oven at 390°F/200°C.
  • Pour a layer of the sea salt mixture on parchment paper on a baking sheet.
  • Place the fish on top of the salt mixture and cover it with the remaining mixture, making sure you create an even and compact crust.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Break the crust in front of your guests and serve.

Join the Conversation

  1. Toni Lydecker says:

    I’m a fan of Capt. Rick too–his fish is the freshest! There’s a recipe for salt-crusted fish in Seafood alla Siciliana, my new cookbook. Great on its own or served with salmoriglio or a parsley pesto.

  2. ciao Toni. so good to hear from you here. your book is FANTASTIC. it can be purchased here http://www.amazon.com/Seafood-alla-Siciliana-Recipes-Tradition/dp/1891105426.
    what time do you go to the market? i go between 8 and 9 every friday. let’s meet there.
    capt. Rick also has the freshest and meatiest mussels. i’ll buy them next friday and will cook them using your recipe at page 85: baked mussels with crisped crumbs. i’m into bread, these days, and make a lot of crumbs, too.
    ciao e grazie.

  3. I can’t find the recipe for whole fish in Crosta di sale anywhere on your web site. Please help!

  4. Same! I’d like to try this, but the “click here for the recipe” doesn’t actually have a link.

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