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NorCal Underwater Hunters Discussion => Favorite Recipes => Topic started by: dank on August 26, 2015, 07:10:00 PM

Title: Salt Crust Fish
Post by: dank on August 26, 2015, 07:10:00 PM
This is a recipe usually associated with Spain and the traditional fish is red snapper or sea bream. Here, rockfish are perfect.

Use a sheet pan or similar shallow baking dish and line it with foil or parchment paper (not necessary but it makes cleanup easier).

Put a layer of coarse sea salt on the dish and place a whole, cleaned rockfish on the bed of salt. Stuffing it with lemon slices, garlic cloves and herbs is a good idea. Completely cover the fish with coarse sea salt.

Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes at 425 to 450 degrees depending on your oven. When it's done, break the salt crust off of the top and transfer the fish to a platter.

The skin will probably come off with the salt crust. If it doesn't, just peel it off as it will be too salty to be palatable. The meat will be perfectly seasoned, perfectly cooked and the skeleton will lift away easily. Some of the salt should be reusable for another round of salt crust fish.
Title: Re: Salt Crust Fish
Post by: dogpaddle on August 26, 2015, 09:36:38 PM
Looks pretty good. Do you have to scale the fish?
Title: Re: Salt Crust Fish
Post by: Malibu_Two on August 26, 2015, 09:42:19 PM
My brother tried this with a greenling a few years ago. It was surprisingly good. The salt became very hard and you had to crack it and pull it off in chunks, and yes, the fish was evenly cooked as all the moisture remained inside. Cool method, although you'll need a lot of salt!
Title: Re: Salt Crust Fish
Post by: DG on August 26, 2015, 09:51:11 PM
That's a lot of salt
Title: Re: Salt Crust Fish
Post by: dank on August 26, 2015, 10:19:54 PM
Yeah, scaling helps the salt penetrate the skin and it makes it come off more easily. It is a lot of salt----probably 4 or 5 pounds but it's cheap.

If you want to get really fancy, whip 8 or 9 egg whites and fold them into the salt. It creates a very hard shell that traps steam better. More for very large fish...
Title: Re: Salt Crust Fish
Post by: . on August 27, 2015, 12:04:17 AM
That just sounds like too much salt for my poor little stomach to handle.  :'(
Title: Re: Salt Crust Fish
Post by: dank on August 27, 2015, 07:01:56 AM
The flesh itself isn't really that salty. The salt is really more of a cooking vessel.
Title: Re: Salt Crust Fish
Post by: Malibu_Two on August 27, 2015, 07:27:32 AM
Yeah I was surprised at how not salty it was.
Title: Re: Salt Crust Fish
Post by: Nick F on August 27, 2015, 08:34:37 AM
Looks pretty good. Thanks for posting!
Title: Re: Salt Crust Fish
Post by: the_derek on August 27, 2015, 02:21:46 PM
How much salt does one need to buy to do this? Rock Salt?
Title: Re: Salt Crust Fish
Post by: dank on August 27, 2015, 04:17:07 PM
Use coarse sea salt. Buy about 6 pounds or more. I think I used around for pounds last time for a 15" fish. Find some in bulk, it'll be about $0.90 to $1.10 per pound.
Title: Re: Salt Crust Fish
Post by: Rick W on August 27, 2015, 05:56:57 PM
Thanks Dank. Looks great  :P
Title: Re: Salt Crust Fish
Post by: PTandspear on September 09, 2015, 07:44:11 PM
This recipe sounds great-I was wondering though, where exactly do you buy the salt from? I have been looking online and can't find anyone selling for ~1 dollar/pound.
Thanks,
Chance
Title: Re: Salt Crust Fish
Post by: the_derek on September 09, 2015, 08:07:41 PM
This recipe sounds great-I was wondering though, where exactly do you buy the salt from? I have been looking online and can't find anyone selling for ~1 dollar/pound.
Thanks,
Chance

3$ LB
http://www.amazon.com/Real-Salt-Bulk-Granular-25-pound/dp/B001KWCXEI (http://www.amazon.com/Real-Salt-Bulk-Granular-25-pound/dp/B001KWCXEI)

Cheaper Salt,

$1.80-2 LB did not look too hard, might finder cheaper by digging a bit on the site
http://www.saltworks.us/shaker-and-ingredient-sea-salt.html#.VfDzWxFVhBc (http://www.saltworks.us/shaker-and-ingredient-sea-salt.html#.VfDzWxFVhBc)



Title: Re: Salt Crust Fish
Post by: dank on September 11, 2015, 10:32:14 PM
Any grocery store with a solid bulk section. Berkeley Bowl has it for cheap around a dollar per pound. Whole Foods will probably have it too...
Title: Re: Salt Crust Fish
Post by: dank on September 12, 2015, 07:39:03 AM
Buy this if you can find it. It's 27 lbs and usually costs around $26 to $28. It's great for everything. It's a good one for grinders because it's very dry and it's easy to crush with a mortar and pestle too.
Title: Re: Salt Crust Fish
Post by: PTandspear on September 13, 2015, 05:00:37 PM
Nice Thanks!