Salt crust helps preserve all fish essentials and tastes to be preserved while baking. It is one of the most authentic fish meals.

If you have extra time on your hands, this is a dish that all fish lovers will enjoy. It takes only two basic ingredients and some time and skills to prepare this kind of fish meal, but the taste is delightful, and so worth the time and effort. Adding some olive oil will bursts all the flavors. Fish needs to be fresh to get the most out of it. Sea bass and Dentex are the best for this kind of dish. A quality fish does make the difference.

So without further ado, lets get cooking one of my favorite fish dishes.


Serves four fish lovers


  • fish (we used sea bass)
  • coarse sea salt


First things first, you need to clean the fish you are going to prepare. If this is your fist time preparing fish, click here to see our tutorial on proper fish cleaning.

Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius (356 Fahrenheit)

Once you are done with cleaning the fish, you need to wash it thoroughly and dry it well. For drying the fish its best to use kitchen hand towels.

Put coarse sea salt in a bowl and pour some water in to moist it. The reason why we do this is that the salt coheres better to fish, and keeps the air of infiltrating.

Keep in mind that it might not work out for the best the first time, but its all in keeping the air of penetrating the salt crust.

Now its time for challenging part of the preparation. Get a baking tray and put some salt on it, lay the fish on the salt and make sure the fishes tummy is closed well. Take as much salt as you need to completely cover the fish. Keep pressing the salt until its nice and firm. Make sure you can not see the fish through the layer of salt.

Put the fish in the over and bake it for approximately 45 minutes.

When the baking is over, take it out, cover with kitchen rag, take anything you have that you can bash the salt off.

And the final thing you need to do is serve the fish immediately with a drizzle of olive oil on top and enjoy.

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