Branzino a la Plancha

Branzino a la Plancha

Recipe by Fig & Olive


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A beautiful and easy-to-prepare Branzino recipe from one of my favorite LA restaurants, Fig & Olive on Melrose. With an open and beautiful, elegant layout, the restaurant is home to celebrities, locals, and food savants alike.

Executive Chef, Pascal Lorange, creates his menu around carefully selected farmers and ingredients for their genuine taste and seasonality.


Enjoy the recipe below and be sure to tag #ATODMagazine on Instagram when you make it at home!

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Recipe for 4
Time Prep: 45 min

Sauce Vierge:

1 medium heirloom tomato, diced
1/2 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 bunch parsley, finely chopped
salt, pepper tt
10oz Arbequina olive oil


Mashed Potatoes:

1lb Yukon gold potato
8oz Arbequina olive oil
1oz chive, finely chopped
salt, pepper tt


Carrot Salad:

1 lb baby heirloom carrots
10 oz dried apricots
1 tsp Tabasco
3 tsp chopped cilantro
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp cumin
2 tsp salt
4 tbsp chopped red onion
black pepper, tt


1.5 lb of Skin on boneless Branzino filet cut in 5 to 6 oz portions

Mix ingredients together.

Cook the potato. Once cooked, mix with the olive oil, salt, pepper and add chives.

Cook the carrot in boiling salted water for about 3 minutes. Then strain and drop the carrots in an ice bath for about the same amount of time as the cooking time. When cooked and dried, cut the carrot about 1.5 inch thick at an angle and put the carrots in a mixing bowl. Add all the items and spices to the carrots and mix it all together (best to do it a day before).

Purchase branzino or an other similar fish (i.e. red snapper, rainbow trout, or any flaky white fish). Turn a sauté pan on medium high heat. Allow to heat for 2 minutes. Place 2 tablespoons of oil in pan. Season your fish with salt and pepper and place skin side down in the pan and cook for 2 minutes on each side. Once cooked, remove from pan and garnish with Sauce Vierge, with a side of carrot salad and mashed potatoes.

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