Salt Crusted Snapper

Total Time:
40 min
15 min
Inactive Prep:
25 min
6 servings


  • A few slices of lemon
  • 1 snapper or sea bass, about 1.5 pounds/675 g, cleaned, but not scaled
  • 1 pound/2 kg coarse salt
  • 2 to 3 egg whites
  • Leaves from 2 bunches fresh mint or tarragon


Heat the oven to 425 degrees F/220 degrees C.

Tuck the lemon slices into the belly of the fish. Stir the salt and egg whites together in a bowl. Chop all but 6 mint leaves. Stir the chopped mint through the salt and put the others inside the fish. Put the fish in a baking dish and cover completely with the salt to seal. Bake 25 minutes.

Crack the crust off with a knife, moving all the salt away from the surface. Peel back the skin from the fish, and carefully remove the fillets.

Per serving: Calories: 121; Total Fat: 1.5 grams; Saturated Fat: 0 grams; Protein: 24 grams; Total carbohydrates: 1 gram; Sugar: 0 grams; Fiber: 0 grams; Cholesterol: 42 milligrams; Sodium: 1051 milligrams