Sea Bass Baked in Foil with Pesto, Zucchini, and Carrots
Aluminum foil is an easy and always-available alternative to the parchment paper traditionally used for cooking enpapillote. As the fish and vegetables bake in their packets, they render a delicious broth that is then poured over the fish at serving time.
"Halibut is one fish that roasts up really nicely," says Melissa Perello, who cooks the firm-fleshed fish on top of vegetables in a casserole. Because this dish is so simple and ingredient-driven, be sure to make it with the very best olive oil.
Delicious baked flounder is one of the best fast fish recipes you can have in your repertoire. Chef Nigel Slater adds freshly grated Parmesan to the breadcrumbs to form a tasty buttery topping for the flaky white fish, which cooks in just 15 minutes.
This recipe calls for a salmon roast--a large chunk cut from the widest end of the fish (right behind the head). You will need to special-order it from your fishmonger. This very flavorful part of the fish comes with skin and bones, which keep the salmon moist as it bakes inside its protective crust of salt mixed with egg white. When you pack the salmon in the salt, be sure to note where the thickest part of the fish is, so you will know where to insert the thermometer through the salt crust to test for doneness.