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The whole fish.

Given the choice between a whole fresh fish and a fillet, I will choose the whole fish almost every time. The skin and bones insulate the fish, holding in moisture during the cooking process. The result is a more flavorful and succulent fish.

My favorite way to prepare whole fish is to steam it. This method of cooking can be very forgiving, especially with a whole fish. Steaming almost guarantees you a juicy fish every time, even if you overcook it. And yes, you’ll want to keep the head on. My favorite parts are the “cheeks”. You might find the eyes to be quite tasty too.

My Steamed Whole Fish with Ginger and Black Bean Sauce is a quick and flavorful way to prepare whole fish. And don’t worry about gutting a whole fish. Just ask your fish monger to gut and scale it for you.