Recipe

Whole fish with green onion mayo

Impress your friends and family with this BBQ whole snapper and green onion mayo at Christmas this year. Fish on the BBQ is very difficult to overcook and is guaranteed to stay moist.

  • 20 mins preparation
  • 20 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Ingredients

Whole fish with green onion mayo
  • 1.5 kilogram whole snapper
  • 1 medium lemon (140g), sliced thinly
  • 5 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 green onion (scallion), sliced thinly lengthways
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 medium lemon (140g), cut into wedges
Green onion mayo
  • 1 cup (300g) whole-egg mayonnaise
  • 8 green onions (scallions), chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon drained baby capers, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, approximately

Method

Whole fish with green onion mayo
  • 1
    To make green onion mayo, blend mayonnaise, green onion and capers until smooth; add enough juice so that mayonnaise is of a pouring consistency. Season. Cover; refrigerate until required.
  • 2
    Score fish through the thickest part of the flesh three times on each side. Fill cavity with lemon slices, bay leaves, parsley and garlic. Drizzle outside of fish with oil; season.
  • 3
    Wrap fish in lightly oiled foil, or place in an oiled hinged fish grill. Cook fish in a covered barbecue, using indirect heat and following manufacturer’s instructions, for 20 minutes or until fish is just cooked through.
  • 4
    Serve fish topped with green onion and parsley; serve with green onion mayo and lemon wedges.

Notes

To ensure you’re buying the freshest fish, buy it from a fishmonger with a high turnover. One of the best indicators of freshness is the eyes; if they’re clear and bulging the fish is fresh. The older the fish, the more sunken the eyes will become. You can place the fish on a banana leaf, or wrap it in a banana leaf to prevent the fish from sticking to the barbecue. Fresh banana leaves are available from greengrocers, Asian grocery stores and some major supermarkets. Green onion mayo can be made up to 2 days ahead; keep, covered, in an airtight container, in the fridge.

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