A delicious whole grilled fish with green herb dressing recipe. Best way to cook Snapper or any whole white fish.

Whole Grilled Fish

A whole grilled fish is the perfect summer entertaining dish – either BBQ’d or in the oven paired with this herby green dressing, it's sure to impress!
30 mins
2-4 people


  • 1 whole fresh fish, scaled and gutted (we used snapper)

  • 1 lemon, sliced

  • few sprigs of fresh herbs (use fennel, dill or oregano or a combination)

  • olive oil

  • sea salt and ground pepper

  • ½ packed cup rocket

  • ¼ packed cup each coriander and parsley

  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • cup olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons runny honey

  • sea salt and ground pepper



Place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth and bright green.


1. Preheat the barbecue hotplate to medium or the oven to 200ºC regular bake.

2. Cut 5 slashes in each side of the fish. Season the cavity and fill with the lemon and herbs. Rub the fish with olive oil and spoon a little of the dressing into the slashes. Season with salt and pepper.

3. If using the barbecue, place on the hotplate, cover and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the flesh is white and flakes easily with a knife.
If using the oven, place on a lined shallow baking tray and bake for about 15 minutes. Cooking time for both will depend on the size of the fish.

Place the fish on a serving platter and spoon over more of the dressing, serving the rest separately.


Snapper, Tarakihi, or any medium textured fish works perfectly for this recipe. Buy your whole fish direct from our store in the Auckland Fish Market and we will gut and fillet your fish for free.

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