If you’re looking to impress your dinner guests with a delicious and unique meal, look no further than this incredible baked sturgeon recipe. With delicate flavors and a surprisingly simple step-by-step guide, you’ll create a culinary masterpiece that will leave a lasting impression. Let’s dive into the details!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Easy: Don’t be intimidated by cooking a fish you’ve never tried before. This recipe is deceptively simple and will make you wonder why you haven’t tried it sooner.
- Use Your Favorite Fish: Not only is this recipe perfect for sturgeon or sterlet, but you can also substitute your favorite whole fish to make it truly your own.
- Sheet Pan Dinner: Who says fish can’t be part of a sheet pan dinner? Pair it with your favorite vegetables for a wholesome and satisfying meal.
- Whole Sterlet or large Sturgeon pieces
- Potatoes, peeled and quartered
- Tomatoes, halved or quartered
- Fresh basil, garlic, red onion, salt, and pepper for aromatics
- Mayonnaise (not too tangy or vinegary)
- Sour Cream or homemade Smetana
Equipment You’ll Need
- Stick Blender or Food Processor to blend the sauce
How to Cook Sturgeon
Make Sauce: Use a stick blender to combine fresh basil, garlic, onion, mayonnaise, sour cream, salt, and pepper until you have a smooth sauce.
Prepare Potatoes: Peel and cut the potatoes into wedges. Pour half of the basil sauce over the potatoes and mix them together. Allow them to marinate while you prepare the fish.
Stuff: Slice the small tomatoes in half and place them inside the cavity of the sturgeon. Slather the inside of the fish with the basil sauce to infuse it with flavor. Save some sauce to serve with the fish.
Prepare: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Place the sturgeon on a foil-lined baking tray and baste it with the remaining basil sauce. Surround the fish with the marinated potato wedges.
Bake: Cover the fish with foil and bake for 40 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches a minimum of 145°F (63°C). If needed, allow for additional cooking time. Remove the foil and let the potatoes crisp up for an additional 10 minutes.
Serve: Plate the baked sturgeon, drizzle it with the remaining basil sauce, and enjoy this delectable dish.
Recipe Tips and FAQs
- Switch the Fish: Feel free to use your favorite fish, such as whole salmon, trout, or any white fish.
- Leave the Head On: For dramatic presentation, you can cook the sturgeon with the head on. It adds an interesting touch.
- Adjust Mayo Sour Cream: Using only mayonnaise adds calories but makes the potatoes crispy. Using only sour cream is healthier but lacks the oil that mayonnaise provides.
- Add Vegetables: Mix in sliced carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, or even fennel with your potatoes.
- Flavors: Substitute basil with fresh dill or cilantro, and squeeze some lemon juice over the fish before serving for added zest.
- Defrost: If using frozen fish, ensure it’s fully defrosted before baking to ensure even cooking.
- Don’t Skip the Tomato Stuffing: It adds juiciness and enhances the flavors.
What to Serve with Sturgeon?
When it comes to serving sturgeon, carbs are always a good choice. In this rustic Russian recipe, potatoes are the perfect accompaniment. However, you can also pair the fish with white or brown rice, pasta, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Italian Broccoli, Grilled Corn, Air Fryer Asparagus, or even Summer Refrigerator Pickles.
How Long Does It Take to Cook A Whole Sturgeon?
The cooking time depends on the size of the fish. Smaller fish may need around 30 minutes, while larger ones can take up to an hour. Ensure the internal temperature of the sturgeon reaches at least 145°F (63°C) and that it flakes easily with a fork. Baking it in foil helps retain moisture.
- Fridge: Allow the cooked sturgeon to cool before placing it in an airtight container. Enjoy it within 3 days.
- Freezer: Once cooled, wrap the sturgeon in cling wrap, then foil, before placing it in a Ziploc bag. When ready to enjoy, thaw it overnight in the fridge before reheating.
- Reheating: Gently reheat the sturgeon in the oven to prevent it from drying out. Make more sauce to baste the fish while it reheats.
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Sturgeon is an incredible fish that offers a dense and firm meat with very few bones. It’s a true seafood delicacy! Baking fish is a healthy way to enjoy seafood, and serving a whole fish adds a touch of elegance to any special occasion. Pair it with the creamy basil sauce and some infused vodka for the perfect dining experience. Bon Appétit! Приятного аппетита!
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