Remember that beautiful dragon tiger grouper 龙虎班 we got from MySeafoodMart.com? It was so fresh, that we decided to cook it there and then.
We plucked some lemongrass from our garden, sliced it thinly and stuffed it in the stomach area along with some fresh dill and fennel leaves. I also covered the top layer with lots of sea salt, you can scrape these off later once the fish is ready. Then, the fish is placed in the oven and baked - easy peasy. And while the fish is cooking, I made a simple soy sauce/garlic dip.
The fish is moist and flaky, and we loved the wonderful aroma of the lemongrass. This would work well with any whole fishes - just adjust the cooking time according to the size of the fish.
Oven-roasted dragon tiger grouper with lemongrass, dill and fennel
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
1kg dragon tiger grouper, scales and guts removed
3 stalks lemongrass, thinly sliced or bruised
A bunch of fennel/dill leaves
2-3 tbsp oil
For the dip
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3-4 tbsp oil
3 tbsp light soy sauce
1. Preheat oven to 200°C (roast mode). Line a baking tray with foil, then using a brush, apply a thin layer of oil.
2. Place fish on tray, then stuff the stomach area with the lemongrass and fennel/dill. Drizzle more oil on the fish and then cover with a layer of sea salt. The sea salt can be scraped off later once the fish is ready.
3. Cook in preheated oven for 28-30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the thickest part goes all the way through.
4. Serve with a soy sauce/garlic dip. To make the dip, fry the garlic in oil for 2 minutes until lightly golden. Place oil and garlic in a small bowl, then top with soy sauce. Mix well.
Note: You can use any whole fish for this recipe.
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