Chef Anthony LoPinto explains how to roast a whole fish in an ilFornino Largo Wood Fired Pizza Oven. Cooking this beautiful fresh black sea bass affords you the opportunity to share eating a whole fish with a guest.
First, make sure your sea bass is cleaned and prepared – scale, gut and remove the gills from the fish. Personally, I like to trim the fins off because they usually will burn. Next, add a few slits to the gills. Remember to follow the gills, but don’t cut all the way through. This will help cook the fish from the inside out. Season the cavity of the fish with salt and pepper, then blend fresh thyme, garlic herbs, and lemon pieces and place them in the cavity. Add a few lemon slices behind the gills and some fresh herbs in the front part of the fish. Now, your whole black sea bass is ready to be cooked. Don’t forget to turn your fish half way through your cooking time.
I cooked my stuffed sea bass at ilFornino in Valley Cottage, New York on a baking rack in a beautiful ilFornino Largo Wood Fired Pizza Oven. It was perfect!