A few nights ago we were invited to a friend’s birthday celebration. With all celebrations in Sardinia the food was endless, and well, big.
On the table before us sat a beautiful 12 pound Sardinian Snapper. In Italian this fish is appropriately called dentice, the root of the word denti means teeth, and this snapper was full of them.
Never in my life have I seen a fish so big and never in my life had I partaken in eating a fish this size.
Dentice or snapper are known for their peculiar large teeth and massive heads. The body is tall, broad and compressed. The dorsal fin is pinkish in colour. Dentice can reach one meter in length and weigh up to 26 pounds or 12 kilos. Their delicate sweet meat is top choice for fish-eating lovers.
Dentice are found swimming in the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and in the Eastern Atlantic. They are jam-packed with proteins and oodles of vitamin A.
There are plenty of ways to cook this type of fish: grilled, steamed, broiled, poached or fried.
This fish was oven baked with potatoes, tomatoes, lemon and black olives. Once the cavity is gutted, they placed garlic, salt, parsley, basil and lemon inside the cavity. The scales are left on to aid with moisture retention while cooking.
Still wondering how to eat a 12 pound Sardinian Snapper?
Just dig in, and enjoy.
Have you ever see or eaten a fish this size? Tell me your fish story.