Mediterranean Eating: This Easy Grilled Branzino Recipe Is This Chef's Go-To Fish for Summer by Chef Gigi

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Mediterranean Eating: This Easy Grilled Branzino Recipe Is This Chef's Go-To Fish for Summer

Branzino is a fairly typical silver-skinned fish found in European sea and saltwater lakes. The fish goes by many names, including European sea bass, spigola, loup de mer, róbalo and lubina. It ranges in size from 1 1/2 to 3 pounds, has a firm, white, delicate-flavored flesh and few small bones. It's a prized fish in Italian, Spanish and Greek cuisines and is often prepared grilled, roasted, poached, steamed or braised. This fish is so easy to work with and easy to serve. Cooked whole, the firm flesh just falls right off bone and requires only a short period of grill time.

Cuisine: Mediterranean 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 4 branzino, cleaned and gutted
  • 4 lemons, sliced
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • 1/2 bunch fresh flat Italian parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • olive oil

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Light or preheat your outdoor grill. Season the fish cavities with salt and pepper. Stuff each cavity with a thyme sprigs, parsley, a smashed garlic clove and lemon slices. Rub the outside of the branzino with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Oil the grill and place the branzino on indirect high heat, turning once, until skin is browned and crisp and just cooked to 145 degrees F.

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Meredith Schneider
Yum Chef Gigi Gaggero! Can't wait to try this recipe in Florida. Looking forward to a lot more outdoor grilling with a variety of fresh fish! Mmmmmm!
Chef Gigi
I’m so excited! When is the move!
Elisa Schmitz
OMG, I had branzino fresh from the sea, baked in sea salt, when I was in Barcelona! It was absolutely divine, Chef Gigi Gaggero . The waiter dug it out of the sea salt right at our table. I will have to find the video and share it here. I can't believe I can actually make this at home with your recipe, thank you!
Chef Gigi
What a wonderful food envoked memory! Looking forward to seeing that video!!
Debbie Howard
Looks delish! Can’t wait to try!
Chef Gigi
I can’t wait for you to try it!

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