James Martin puts unusual ingredients to use in his salt-baked fish dish with pork and purslane salad.


  • For the sea bass

  • 1.2 kg sea salt

  • small bunch dill, leaves chopped and stalks reserved

  • 3 egg whites

  • 1 x 750g sea bass, filleted, scaled, head & tail removed

  • handful seaweed

  • For the salad

  • tbsp Olive oil

  • 150g cooked pork belly, cut into lardons

  • pinch sea salt

  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard

  • 5 tsp white wine vinegar

  • 4 tbsp corn oil

  • 200g pourpier (purslane)

  • 100g croutons


  • For the sea bass: preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. :

  • 1.

    Mix the sea salt, dill leaves and egg whites in a large bowl. Stuff the cavity of the sea bass with the dill stalks.

  • 2.

    Cover the base of a deep roasting tin with a layer of the salt mixture. Scatter over the seaweed. Lay the sea bass on top and cover with the remaining salt. Pat well to make sure the whole fish is covered.

  • 3.

    Cook in the oven for 25 minutes. Meanwhile prepare the salad.

  • For the salad: heat the olive oil in a frying pan and fry the lardons of pork belly until crisp. Drain on kitchen paper. :

  • 1.

    To make the dressing, whisk together the salt and mustard followed by the vinegar and corn oil. Season with black pepper.

  • 2.

    Dress the pourpier salad leaves then toss together with the croutons and pork belly.

  • 3.

    Remove the sea bass from the oven and crack the salt crust at the table to reveal the cooked fish. Serve with the prepared salad.


Recipe reproduced with permission of Good Food Channel.

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