- 1½–2 pounds cleaned branzino, with bone
- kosher salt
- freshly ground pepper
- fresh tomato (plum or cherry or vine-ripened), sliced
- ½ sprig fresh rosemary
- 1 sprig thyme
- ½ leaf basil
- pinch of parsley
- blended oil (80% vegetable oil & 20% extra-virgin olive oil)
- extra-virgin olive oil
- lemon (for squeezing)
Preheat grill to high. Preheat oven to 425°.
Fill cavity of fish with tomato, rosemary, thyme, basil, parsley, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
Season skin with salt and pepper. Drizzle blended oil on fish inside and out. Place fish on the grill, turning to create X-shaped marks on skin on both sides. Transfer to a baking dish. Place in oven for approximately 19 minutes.
To serve, lift the fish with a spatula and place it on a serving plate. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
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