Grilled Whole Fish with Lemon & Olive Oil Dressing

March 3, 2014 by: Zoe Vlachos Main Dish, Recipes

If you want a little taste of the Greek islands, then fresh, grilled fish, is a wonderful way to start!  Especially when drizzled with Ladolemono (lemon-olive oil dressing). Other than looking for wild caught fish, there are a few other things to look out for when visiting your local fish market. To ensure that you are getting a fresh, healthy product, the eyes should be bright and clear;  the flesh should be metallic and firm and the gills should be a rich red colour. Also, the fish should smell of fresh water.


What you will need: 

  • 4 small Mediterranean fish, gutted and scaled (8 0z each)
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


Rinse the fish under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels. Season the fish inside and out with salt and black pepper. Brush each fish generously with 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil and place directly on the grill over medium high heat.  Cook, turning occasionally and coating with more olive oil if necessary, until flesh flakes easily and fish is cooked through. Meanwhile make the Ladolemono (lemon-olive oil dressing). In a small bowl combine and whisk remaining olive oil with the lemon juice, parsley and dill. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the fish on a platter, drizzled in dressing.




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