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Rockfish Bruschetta with Old Bay Aioli

This recipe was the winner of our Baltimore-inspired recipe contest for GDL Italian, by Alexandra B! 


Rockfish Bruschetta with Old Bay Aioli



Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes




Alexandra B

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    For The Aioli:

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 8 ounce skinless Rockfish (Striped Bass) fillets
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (plus 1 tablespoon for the pan)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled and smashed)
  • kosher salt (to taste)
  • For The Bruschetta:

  • 2 1/3 inch slices of rustic white bread, cut in half
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled and smashed)
  • kosher salt and black pepper (to taste)
  • To Assemble:

  • 1/2 cup baby arugula
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped roasted red peppers or piquillo peppers


  1. For the aioli, in a small bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, Old Bay, dijon, and lemon juice. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
  3. For the fish, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt in a bowl. Add the fish filets and let fish marinate for 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile ,combine olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Brush the slices of bread with the olive oil mixture. Place them on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Heat a the remaining olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Remove rockfish from the marinade dry well. Cook for ~3 minutes per side, depending on the thickness.
  6. To assemble, spread a tablespoon of the Old Bay aioli on each half slice of bread. Place a few leaves of arugula on top of the Old Bay aioli. Divide fish fillets in half and top the arugula with a few flakes of the rockfish. Sprinkle some fresh cut basil, lemon zest and peppers and serve!



Nutrition Serving Size
per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
11 grams
44 grams
81 grams
Saturated Fat
12 grams
128 milligrams
852 milligrams
1 grams
2 grams
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