Salt Dome Baked Fish

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What is a salt dome?

A salt dome is a mixture of kosher salt, water, and egg whites that is used to cover a food that is subsequently baked. Upon cooking, the salt mixture hardens, forming a delicious variant of concrete which entombs whatever meat is trapped within it, allowing it to cook evenly without losing moisture.

Why should I cook fish in a salt dome?

  • It ensures that the fish is thoroughly cooked, yet still tender. It is practically impossible to end up with a dry, overcooked fish at the end of this process. Even if the final internal temperature is too high when finished, the fish will still be moist and delicious.
  • The salt dome leads to a perfectly seasoned fish. The salt dome not only creates an ideal oven to cook the fish in, but it creates the PERFECT amount of saltiness in the finished product. No other seasoning required.
  • It is an absolute showstopper. Your guests will watch in awe as you crack open that steaming salt dome, revealing the delicious labor of love within. This dish will, in the words of Alton Brown, “impress your friends, and intimidate your enemies”.

What fish can you cook in a salt dome?

I’ve only used the salt dome technique for Red Snapper and Mediterranean Sea Bass. That being said, there is no reason a salt dome couldn’t be used for any other type of fish. My wife absolutely hates rainbow trout. I’ve been meaning to cook one in a salt dome to see if I could sway her to my side. On a side note, I think it’s more fun to use a whole fish, not just a filet. It’s a proven fact that children are far more likely to eat fish if they can see its head and poke its eyeballs.

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In conclusion, a salt dome will make any fish taste better. Not just better, but it will taste like it came from a restaurant; not just any restaurant, a good restaurant.

Steps to make Salt Dome Baked Fish


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    Salt Dome Baked Fish

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    Course: Main Dish
    Keyword: Fish
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 30 minutes
    Servings: 4


    • 3 pounds kosher salt
    • 4 egg whites
    • 2 pounds Whole Red Snapper (or any other whole fish)
    • 2 Lemons (sliced)
    • 4-6 sprigs fresh parsley


    • Set the oven for 450°F. Combine the salt, egg whites, with 1/4 cup of water in a mixing bowl. It will have the consistency of wet sand.
    • Line a cooking sheet with parchment paper. Use about 1/3 of your egg/salt mixture to make a 1/2 inch layer as a base to put the fish on. Make this base layer about the same shape as the fish you are using. Place your clean and gutted whole fish on the base. Fill the inside cavity of the fish with the parsley and sliced lemons.
    • Coat the fish with the remaining egg/salt mixture. it's okay if the tail sticks out.
    • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until the fish has an internal temperature of 130°F. Let it rest out of the oven for 10 minutes before serving. Use a spoon to crack open the hardened salt dome and enjoy the perfectly cooked fish found within!
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    • It’s high in protein and healthy fats, while being far easier to chew and digest than chicken, pork, and beef.
    • One medical study found that eating 2 servings of fish weekly was associated with a lower risk of stroke, heart attack, and death among those with cardiovascular disease.
    • Another study identified an association between higher fish consumption and a lower risk of dementia.

    Although Red Snapper is my favorite fish for this recipe, any whole fish could be used. 

    Also, even if you miss the mark and your final internal temperature is a lot higher than 130°F, it will still be moist and delicious due to the forgiving nature of the salt dome. I wonder which other meats could be cooked in a salt dome….

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