Rockfish, also known as rock cod, snapper or red snapper, is a fish that lives off the Pacific coast of Canada and the United States. Rockfish grow slowly and live a long time. They prefer deeper water and as the name suggests, spend time near rock beds under the ocean. You can create effective rockfish dishes a few different ways, including in your oven.
Clean a whole rockfish by removing the guts and scales and cutting off the head and tail. Ask your fishmonger to do it if you don’t want to.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
Grease a baking dish with butter or spray the bottom with cooking spray.
Place the rockfish into the dish and add chopped vegetables like carrot, onion, celery or leeks.
Bake for 40 minutes to one hour, until the flesh flakes away easily with a fork.
Add pesto or another sauce on top of the fish before baking for a different flavor. Squeeze lemon juice over the fish before or after baking. You can also cook rockfish fillets in the oven the same way, just adjust the cooking time to roughly 20 minutes.