This is a great fun way of cooking a whole fish out doors on the BBQ or open fire, it’s not particularly BBQ weather, so it’ll work equally as well in the oven, but if you have a chance, try it out doors 

I’m using sea bass, but most fish of this size would work fine, 

This recipe will serve 2 people 

And will take about 20-25 minutes to cook 

Shopping list 

3 sheets of newspaper 

1 whole sea bass, gutted and cleaned 

2 bay leaves 

25g of butter 

1 lemon cut into slices 

1 shallot finely chopped 

1 handful of fresh chopped parsley 

A good splash of white wine 


1. Firstly dampen the newspaper 

2. Pre heat your oven to 200c

3. Lay the sea bass on the newspaper and stuff the butter, lemon and bay leaves into the cavity 

4. Sprinkle over the shallot, parsley and wine 

5. Season really well with salt and pepper 

6. Wrap up the newspaper neatly around the sea bass and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes 

7. Remove from the oven, peel away the paper carefully, the skin should stick to the paper leaving you with the fantastic delicious sea bass flesh

8. Serve immediately with a green salad and new potatoes 

Happy cooking 


Written by Jon Fell

Head Chef Rosehill Theatre, Chef on the Simply Good Food TV app, run a Seafood Cookery Class at Peter Sidwell Cookery School, Newspaper food columnist

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