I love fried fish but I don't like the smelly, oily and smoky odour in the house. My husband bought a 500 sheets box of silver foil (32cm by 32cm) from the cheap shop about 2 years ago and I have not used it at all. Looking at the silver foil, an idea came up with frying fish in the oven using the silver foil.


  • 800 g whole barramundi - cut into 4 pieces

  • 1 tablespoon crushed black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons lebanese fish roasting spice - from Lebanese deli

  • 3 tablespoons besan flour/chickpea flour

  • Olive oil spray

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 square sheets of silver foil

  • 1 trivet

  • 1 roasting pan


  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 240c

  • 2.

    Fold silver foil into an envelope with one end opened - seal folded ends tightly

  • 3.

    Clean and score fish making 1 cm slits all the way but not too deep

  • 4.

    Mix lebanese fish roasting spice, besan flour, salt and pepper in a zip lock bag - mix well

  • 5.

    Put scored fish into bag of mixed spice

  • 6.

    Coat fish thoroughly, especially the scored slits and fish head

  • 7.

    Oil the envelope silver foil bag by spraying with olive oil

  • 8.

    Insert fish and seal the envelope - seal tightly

  • 9.

    Put the fish which is now in the silver foil envelope on a trivet sitting on a roasting pan.

  • 10.

    Bake for 40 mins


The silver foil envelope must be sealed tightly and high oven heat to act as the frying process. If you do not have high heat, the fish will be steamed instead of being fried. You can substitute the Lebanese fish roasting spice with any of your favourite spice or even do it plain with just salt and pepper.

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