Whole fish look and taste better when skewered, though they may be grilled on a net if skewering equipment is unavailable.
Eviscerate and skewer the fish just before grilling. Whole grilled fish requires two saltings: one decorative layer for fins and tail, and one for overall seasoning. For each fish, take
Grill the fish, right side first, for 7–8 minutes. Twirl the skewers frequently from the start to prevent the fish from sticking as it cooks. Turn the fish and grill it for 4–5 more minutes.
Remove the skewers immediately and serve the fish warm or at room temperature with lemon wedges and soy sauce. The Japanese often serve salt-grilled whole fish on long rectangular plates. The fish is from the sea and appears to be swimming, and often something stolid from the land, such as cucumber “mountains, ” is chosen as a garnish. If you wish to follow suit, cutting instructions appear.
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