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Grilled Branzino with Capers & Mint

By Chef Mark McEwan

Serves 4


  • 2 fillet branzino (Score the fish skin with 3 incisions)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) combined minced oregano, thyme, rosemary, sage, and parsley
  • 3/4 cup (175ml) olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 loaf focaccia
  • 3 tbsp (50ml) salt-packed capers, soaked, rinsed, and drained
  • 1/3 cup (75ml) torn mint leaves
  • 1/3 cup (75ml) roughly chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) chopped chives
  • 1 lemon, cut into eighths


  1. Rub a generous pinch of salt into each incision of the branzino. Season both sides of the fish with salt and pepper. Mix the minced herbs with 4 tsp (20ml) of the olive oil and massage the inside of each fish with it. Reassemble the fish and set aside in the refrigerator.
  2. In a skillet over low heat, gently sweat the garlic in 1/2 cup (125ml) of the olive oil until it wilts. Meanwhile, with your fingers, pull crouton-sized morsels of focaccia from between the crusts until you have about 1/2 cup (125ml). Remove the garlic from the oil with a slotted spoon and discard it. Raise heat to medium-low, add the focaccia, and cook until the croutons are crisp on all sides, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the croutons to a plate, salt lightly, and set aside. Allow oil to cool to room temperature.
  3. In a medium high heat, non stick pan, add 1 tbsp of oil, and then place the fish skin side down. Let this cook for about 2 minutes, until the skin is crispy (you can use a metal spatula to press the fish down to avoid curling). Once the skin is crisp, flip the fish and cook the flesh side for about 2 minutes. Remove the fish from the heat. Set aside for a couple of minutes before plating.
  4. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine reserved garlic-crouton oil with the capers, mint, parsley, and chives; toss well. Spoon the mixture over the fish. Top each fish with a few croutons and 2 wedges of lemon.
Memory Morsels: A women’s Brain Health Initiative

Research has shown that one of the best ways to keep our brain working the way we want is to eat right. Memory Morsels® is a Women’s Brain Health Initiative dedicated to nutrition and brain health, including leading chefs (featured foodies), delicious recipes, superfoods, and tips (our morsels) about what to eat and why.

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Women’s Brain Health Initiative (WBHI)  is a Canadian and U.S. charitable foundation established in 2012 and is solely dedicated to protecting the brain health of women.


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