Whole Baked Fish with vegetables

Whole Baked Fish with vegetables

Whole Baked Fish with vegetables 850 567 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

This whole baked fish with vegetables is perfect for entertaining. This impressive dinner is actually very simple and crazy delicious. If you don’t like the idea of whole fish then Pan-seared fish with tomato and olives is just as simple.

whole fish with vegetables served on black tray


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil + 1 extra tablespoon
  • 3 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 onion cut into rings
  • 1 red capsicum cut into rings
  • 1 green capsicum cut into rings
  • ½ cup sundried tomato strips
  • ½ cup kalamata olives pitted
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ cup parsley chopped for garnish
  • whole fish cleaned, gutted, and scaled
  • Salt and Pepper to season

Coriander Marinade

  • 3 garlic cloves
  • ½ bunch fresh coriander (40 grams)
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil

Cook’s Note

*It’s important not to overcook the fish
*Ask your fishmonger to scale and gut the fish for you. This makes baking the fish super quick and easy.
*Steamed jasmine rice is an ideal accompaniment to this dish.
*Give your fish one final good rinse at home, then lightly pat it dry with paper towels.
*whole fish such as snapper, or barramundi


Step 1. 
Preheat oven to 180° fan-forced.

Drizzle 3 tablespoons of olive oil into a large baking tray and arrange ¾ of all the prepared ingredients at the base. Toss through.

place 3/4 vegetables in the baking tray

Step 2. 
Lightly score the fish; by cutting into the flesh using a sharp knife in diagonal lines about 2-3 cm apart. Season generously with salt.

To make the marinade, put the garlic, and coriander including the stems in a mini food processor and whizz for approximately 15 seconds, or until finely chopped. Add the olive oil and process some more until smooth.

Alternatively, you can make the coriander marinade in a mortar and pestle.

Spoon the marinade evenly over the fish on both sides, inside the slits and cavity.  Squeeze the lemon all over the fish and stuff the lemon half inside the cavity of the fish. Place the fish in the baking tray over the vegetables.

marinated fish placed over vegetables in baking-tray

Step 3. 
Place the remaining ingredients carefully over the fish. Drizzle with extra olive oil.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Remove from the oven; Garnish with remaining parsley.

whole fish topped with remaining vegetables ready for the oven

Squeeze the juice from the remaining lemon half evenly over the top of the fish and serve immediately.

fish served on black plate

Serves 6

Why you will love this recipe:

Simple and Crazy Delicious
Perfect for entertaining
One Pan meal
Healthy family meal
Impressive presentation


Sahtan – Enjoy In Good Health