Recipe courtesy of Sara Moulton

Whole Striped Bass with Fennel and Tomatoes in a Roasting Bag

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  • Total: 15 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

1 (4 pound) striped bass, gutted, scaled, gills and fins removed

1 fennel bulb

3/4 cup dry white wine

2 teaspoons coriander seeds

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper

4 tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch chunks

Directions

  1. Scrape off any scales adhering to the fish and refrigerate. Cut the feathery green fronds off the fennel and reserve. Cut off the stalks at the top of the bulb and discard. Peel the tough, stringy fiber off the outside with a vegetable peeler and then cut the fennel into 8 wedges. Simmer the wedges in a non aluminum pan with the white wine, coriander seeds, olive oil, and salt and pepper over low heat until they soften but retain some crunch, about 20 minutes. Cool the liquid. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Rinse and dry the fish, season with salt and pepper, and slide it into an oven roasting bag. If the fish is too large, you can cut off his head, but avoid this; a headless fish is less dramatic. Put all the ingredients from cooking fennel, including any liquid, in the bag with the fish. Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper and place in the bag along with the reserved fennel fronds. Push down along the bag to squeeze out excess air and seal the bag at one end with string. Carefully place the bag with the fish in an oval baking dish or on a sheet pan (it is easier to bake fish on something you can take straight to the table) and bake for about 15 minutes per inch of thickness. Cut the bag open at the table and serve with fennel and chopped tomatoes.;