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Lemon-Stuffed Grilled Branzino

The Good News Branzino, a European sea bass, is low in fat but has a wonderful richness when cooked on the bone. Barbara Lynch stuffs the fish with lemons and herbs, then grills it until the skin is browned and crispy to add even more flavor.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • Four 1-pound whole branzino—scaled and gutted, heads and tails removed
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 lemons—1 thinly sliced, 1 cut into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Finely chopped parsley, for serving


  1. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Season the fish cavities with salt and pepper. Stuff each cavity with a thyme sprig, a bay leaf and 2 lemon slices. Rub the outside of the branzino with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Grill the branzino over high heat, turning once, until browned and crisp and just cooked through, about 7 minutes per side. Serve right away, passing salt, lemon wedges and parsley at the table.


One Serving 259 cal, 9 gm fat, 1.5 gm sat fat, 3 gm carb, 0.8 gm fiber.

Contributed By Photo © Keller + Keller Published September 2009

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