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Cedar Plank Roasted Branzino

Simple Cedar Plank Roasted Branzino

Branzino is a great fish to roast whole! It's delicate white flesh has a mild, slightly sweet flavor.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 2


  • 1 whole branzino, cleaned with head and tail intact
  • 1 tbsp room temp butter
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • olive oil, for coating and to finish
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • flaky sea salt garnish


  • Soak the cedar plank in warm water for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 425°F. After the cedar plank has soaked, remove it from the water and pat the exterior dry. To make things cleaner I usually roast everything on a sheet pan. Place the plank on the sheet pan and coat the top surface with an even layer of butter.
  • Pat your fish dry and place it on the cedar plank on a sheet pan. Rub olive oil on the outsides and inside of the fish and season with salt and pepper.
  • Stuff fish with 2-3 lemon slices depending on how big the fish is. Add the thyme sprigs to the inside of the fish and spread the garlic evenly inside and outside.
  • Roast the branzino in the oven for 7 minutes. Flip fish over and cook for another 7 minutes. Switch the oven to the broiler setting and cook the fish until the skin starts to blister, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove fish from oven. Drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with some flaky sea salt for garnish. Serve with fresh lemon wedges.