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  • David Skarin

Grilled Whole Branzino

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

I walked into one of my favorite specialty food stores in Phoenix, Chula Seafood. They are a fantastic local fishmonger and I was scoping out their fresh catches when I saw a whole branzino. Having no clue what to do with it, I thought to myself, screw it…let’s go!

Although I have always wanted to try cooking a whole fish, I never attempted it until now. For the record, it’s nothing to be scared of, especially if you have a good fishmonger who cleans it out the fish. I figured I’d keep it simple for the first attempt and do a basic white fish preparation.


Fast Facts

Category: Seafood

Cut: Whole branzino

Weight: 1.25 pounds

Heat Source: Gas

Estimated Cook Time: 13-15 Minutes

Actual Cook Time: 14 Minutes

Estimated Cooking Temperature: 500 degrees

Actual Cooking Temperature: 500 degrees

Location of Purchase: Chula Seafood - – local fish market

Cook Date: August 3, 2020


Ingredient List

  • 1 whole branzino (I suggest more than 1 but that’s all I had. I’d figure 1 per adult)

  • 1 lemon

  • 2 thyme sprigs

  • 1 bay leaf

  • Olive oil

  • Salt and pepper

  • Parsley (garnish)

Supply List



Step 1: Preheat your grill to high heat. I had mine at 500 degrees.

Step 2: Season the cavity of the fish with salt and pepper. Stuff each cavity with the thyme, bay leaf, and a couple lemon slices (save the remainder of the lemon for serving).

Optional: You can also use rosemary and garlic inside the cavity if desired

Step 3: Rub some olive oil on the outside of the branzino and season with salt and pepper.

Step 4: Place your branzino in a grill basket and grill over high heat for roughly 7 minutes a side.

Step 5: Serve immediately with remained of lemon and chopped parsley as garnish.

Step 6: Dig in!

Lessons Learned (Note: I will update this section to include your lessons learned from the comment section)

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