Mix the salt with egg whites to create a fairly thick paste.
Layer about a third of this into the bottom of the baking dish.
Next up is the fish -- I used a whole red snapper from the Asian Market.
Cover the entire fish with the rest of the salt, making sure everything is covered and packed in. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the fish.
When done, you kind of have to crack the salt crust away from the fish. As it comes up, it takes with it most of the skin, leaving an amazingly moist and tasty meat behind. (Note: mine did not come off neatly at all -- it looked a fright.)
With this, I prepared Sauce Verte, a French green sauce for fish. Basically, it's just a bunch of ingredients processed together -- watercress, spinach leaves, bread that has been soaked in water and drained, capers, anchovies, shallot, parsley, olive oil, and lemon juice.
Process until its a sauce-like consistency and then serve with a little salt and pepper mixed in.
This whole meal was really delicious. I loved the flavor and juiciness of the fish, and the sauce almost tasted like guacamole. I salted mine a little too much, but it was still tasty, and I enjoyed sopping up the remaining sauce with crusty bread.
salt -- $4.47
fish -- $7.69
Total Cost of Salt-Baked Whole Fish: $12.16
($6.08 per serving)
watercress -- $.99
bread -- $1.69
spinach -- $3.69 (plenty left for salads this week)
lemon -- $.69
shallot -- $.40
Total Cost of Sauce Verte: $7.46
($1.24 per serving)