This simple Italian style roasted fish is simple and easy to prepare . The contrast of the raisins and pine nuts with the fish is just sublime . Technically this recipe uses Branzino a fish I have seen more widely available in good seafood retailers. Ask the fishmonger to gut and remove its fins to cut down on preparation.
1/4 cup raisins
4 mediterranean sea bass ( Branzino if available ) 12 oz each
salt to taste
4 sage leaves , minced
4 rosemary sprigs , leaves only , minced
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup pine nuts
Preheat oven to 375*
Soak the raisins in enough cold water to cover for 15 minutes to soften them; drain them and blot them dry.
Rinse the sea bass and dry well with paper towels.
Place the sea bass in a roasting pan , season it with salt, and sprinkle it with the minced sage and rosemary; drizzle it with olive oil.
Bake the sea bass for 10 minutes or until it is nearly done. Add the raisins and pine nuts to the fish in the roasting pan, and bake for 5 more minutes.
Serve the sea bass hot with steamed potatoes