Roasted whole fish with pepita pesto

4
2
2
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
35 min
Prep
15 min
Cook
20 min
Serves
6
Difficulty
Easy
Pepitas are worth seeking out for this fabulous pesto that’s as good with salmon, chicken, or steak as it is with a whole fish. Be sure to take time for the extra step of toasting the pepitas to bring out their nutty flavor.

Ingredients

Unsalted pumpkin seeds without shells

4 Tbsp

Fresh mint leaves

1 cup(s), lightly packed

Cilantro

1 cup(s), fresh leaves, lightly packed

Serrano chile(s)

2 item(s), seeded and finely chopped

Garlic clove(s)

3 medium clove(s), finely chopped

Fresh lime juice

2 Tbsp

Extra virgin olive oil

4 tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp

Uncooked branzino (sea bass) fillet(s)

1½ pound(s), or red snapper, 2 (1 1/2-pound) whole fish, cleaned and scaled

Fresh lime(s)

1 item(s), cut into wedges

Instructions

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 450°F. Line large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick foil.
  2. 2 Set small skillet over medium heat. Add pepitas and toast, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Transfer to plate to cool.
  3. 3 To make pesto, puree pepitas, mint, cilantro, serranos, garlic, lime juice, oil, salt, and pepper in mini–food processor.
  4. 4 Cut 4 crosswise slits on each side of fish to bone; rub all sides and cavities with pesto. Transfer fish to prepared baking sheet. Roast just until opaque in center, 15–20 minutes. Serve with lime wedges.
  5. Serving size: (1/3 of a fish)