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I've been wanting to do this for ages, since I had it in a restaurant. SO easy to make and results in amazingly juicy fish. Don't worry about all the salt, it doesn't go into the fish, it forms a crust which you break off once cooked to reveal the fish. You could also do this with sea bream. Fish obviously come in all sorts of sizes, so choose ones that would be individual portion sizes. You'll find that it's easier to remove the salt if you can get in to the sides, so build it up on a shallow pan rather than using a deeper pan. Serve with boiled new potatoes and a crisp green salad.
- 2 whole sea bass, gutted but not scaled
- 1 3⁄4 kg cooking salt
- 2 egg whites
- Pre-heat the oven to 200°C.
- Mix the salt with the egg whites and put a thin layer in the bottom of a roasting tin.
- Place the fish on the salt and cover completely with the remaining salt.
- Cook for 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, Crack the salt crust with the back of a heavy knife and remove completely. Remove the flesh from the fish (it should fall off the bone) and serve.