Bronzini is also known as Mediterranean sea bass.  Bronzini continues to rise in its popularity.  Here is a simple way to prepare this dish that will really change your mind about the treasures from the sea!

Whole Bronzini in a Mediterranean-Style

Serves 4
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes
Allergy Fish
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Gourmet, Serve Hot
Occasion Barbecue, Casual Party, Easter
By author Emerald Lagasse


  • 4 Whole Bronzini (about 1 lb each, gutted, scaled with the heads left on, rinsed and patted dry)
  • 24 Sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 Teaspoons kosher salt (plus more for your taste)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cups olive oil
  • 2 lemons (cut into 1/3 inch thick rounds)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves


Bronzini has become known as the European Sea-bass.  If you cannot find Bronzini you can substitute this fish with Chilean Sea-bass or Red Snapper.


Step 1
Preheat your grill to high heat, make sure it is very clean and well oiled.
Step 2
Place the fish alongside each other on a kitchen towel, and roll them on the towels to remove any excess moisture. (The fish won't brown unless it is dry.) Transfer the fish to a rimmed baking sheet. In each of the cavities of the fish stuff with 6 thyme springs, season the insides with 1 teaspoon of the kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper. Use 1/2 cup of the olive oil over the outside of the fish and turn them in the oil to allow both sides to be coated generously. Sprinkle the outside evenly with the remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
Step 3
To ensure that the fish do not stick to your grill, oil the grill grates one more time. Place the fish directly on your grill. Reduce the grill heat to medium, allowing them to be undisturbed. Turn only once. Allow the fish to cook until the flesh of the fish flakes easily and is just cooked through. This takes about 5 minutes per side. Make sure you are patient while grilling the fish - in doing so you will ensure the fish will turn easy and the skin will be nice and crisp.
Step 4
Meanwhile they fish is cooking, place your lemon slices on the grill and brush them with 1/4 cup olive oil. Cook the lemon until they are softened and have grill marks on both sides. 2-3 minutes per side.
Step 5
Transfer the grilled fish to a serving platter and drizzle them with leon juice, extra-virgin olive oil. Sprinkle them with thyme and additional kosher salt if desired. Garnish with the grilled lemon slices as desired.

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