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“This is my go-to whole roast fish,” Besh says. “It’s perfect for summer, when heirloom tomatoes are readily available.” Besh likes to use Gulf red snapper but says that the recipe works with just about any kind of fish. Slideshow:  Healthy Fish RecipesRecipe from Food & Wine Best New Chefs All-Star Cookbook 

John Besh


Credit: © Chris Court

Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr 15 mins
4 to 6


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 450°. Grease a large rimmed baking sheet or roasting pan with olive oil. Using a sharp knife, make 1/4-inch-deep slashes on both sides of the fish at 1-inch intervals; transfer to the baking sheet. Season the fish inside and out with salt and black pepper and stuff the cavity with the garlic, thyme, shallot, orange and crushed red pepper. Scatter the tomatoes and olives around the fish, then pour the wine over the tomatoes and olives.

  • Roast the fish until it is golden and cooked through and the tomatoes are nicely charred, about 40 minutes. Transfer the fish to a platter.

  • Add the 1/4 cup of olive oil to the baking sheet and toss with the tomatoes and olives. Spoon the tomatoes, olives and sauce over and around the fish, garnish with the scallions and basil and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Fresh, orange-scented Argentinean white.