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Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 4 Whole Snappers, about 1 "

  2. 1/2" pounds each (cleaned and gutted)

  3. 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt

  4. 2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper

  5. 1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  6. 1 Medium Fennel Bulb (thinly sliced)

  7. 3 Cup Fish or Vegetable Stock

  8. 2 Teaspoon Fresh Thyme (chopped)

  9. 4 Teaspoon Calabrian Chilies (chopped, or 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes)

  10. 1/2 Cup Black Olives (pitted and halved)

  11. 1/2 Cup Fresh Italian (Flat-Leaf) Parsley (chopped)

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preheat the oven to 450.

  2. Rinse the fish in cool water and pat dry with paper towels. Rub each fish with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Heat 1/2 cup of the olive oil in a 12-inch saute pan over medium-high heat. Add two of the fish to the pan and sear on each side until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

  3. Remove the fish from the pan and pour off the excess oil. Place half of the fennel slices in the pan and lay the seared fish on top of the fennel. Add 1 1/2 cups of the stock, bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, and immediately remove from the heat. Carefully transfer the fish and fennel slices to a large roasting pan, cover, and set aside. Discard the cooking liquid. Repeat with the remaining fish, 1/2 cup olive oil, fennel slices, and stock.

  4. Roast, covered, until the fish is cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Warm 4 plates during the last few minutes of cooking. Remove the pan from the oven, carefully set the fish aside, and divide the fennel into four servings. Spoon a serving onto each of the warmed plates and place a whole fish on top of the fennel. Transfer the liquid from the roasting pan to a saucepan. Add the thyme, chilies, and olives and bring to a simmer. Pour over the fish and garnish with the parsley.

  5. Buying Fresh Fish:

  6. If cooking fish is new to you, seek out a good source for fresh seafood. Check farmers' markets or ask your favorite restaurant where they buy their fish. When buying a whole fish, be sure to pick it up and smell it. A fresh fish feels firm in your hands and smells more of the sea than "fishy." Scales should be smooth and shiny and the eyes should be clear. Look at the gills to make sure they're pink or red, not gray or brown. Whenever possible, have your fishmonger clean the fish--most will be happy to do this for you.

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