Nope - not salty & unbelievably easy! Bonus - cracking the salt shell at the table (dramatic in itself) reveals a perfectly cooked whole fish that retains its beautiful coloration! This is a great recipe for anyone trying to get the essence of fresh fish (salt or fresh-water) with the bonus of no added fat & ease preparation (yo! - beginner cooks & those with kids who want to help!). You can leave fish unadorned or add lemon & fresh herbs (fresh baby chervil, thyme, oregano, Italian parsley, chives, garlic cloves or scapes all work well). Directions are explicit & thus appear long - but really truly easy! Mmm good--there are so few foods that are so good & low calorie!