Baked sea bream with aromatic herbs is the recipe I will pamper you with today. This is a recipe that I have been using for a long time and that has been appreciated by all my friends, regardless of sex, age, and lifestyle.
As a fish, sea bream does not require complicated spices and marinades to come out tasty. To highlight its fine taste, cook it according to my simple and healthy recipe today. Also, it is a light dish suitable for those who watch the numbers of the bathroom scale.
Sea bream is my favorite fish. I love the sweet and soft meat, especially when baked with aromatic herbs and lemon. Baked seabream fits the taste of the whole family, it is always a winning meal. I don’t think I ate juicier and more flavorful fish than this :).Moreover, the baked fish perfectly pair with a wide range of refreshing salads such as Magic Raw Beetroot Salad, Perfectly Tender Scalloped Potatoes, and Instant Pot Broccoli Sautéed With Butter.
What is sea bream?
Sea bream is a widespread sea fish in the Mediterranean Sea and in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. It prefers living in rocky stretches and not very deep waters because it likes mild temperatures. In addition to being fished, sea bream is a farmed fish and exported all over the world thanks to its high demand.
This fish is served in restaurants all over the world thanks to its white meat, not too fat, with an unmistakable texture and a very special taste. Moreover, sea bream is a good looking fish and is often cooked and served whole. Specifically, it is one of the unpretentious fish in the most diverse combinations, with common spices such as lemon and garlic, or with more unusual ingredients. It can be steamed, grilled, or baked. Keep reading my recipe for beaked sea bream to preserve a juicy, soft, and flavorful fish.
Is the sea bream healthy to eat?
Sea bream meat is very tasty, yet more, it is a top-quality product due to its rich compound of beneficial elements. The presence of omega 3 fatty acids protects cardiovascular health while calcium and phosphorus are essential for the good state of bones and teeth. The iodine content is essential for the functions regulated by thyroid hormones. The iron contributes to the production of some hormones and connective tissues, as well. That being said, I strongly recommend trying my recipe of baked sea bream to have both – a beneficial and delicious meal.
How to scale and clean the fish?
If you plan to cook a recipe based on fresh fish, it is essential to know how to clean and fillet it if necessary. To clean the fish you will need 2 main tools: a knife and a “scaler”, a useful tool to easily remove all the scales of the fish. It is absolutely necessary that the fish you are about to clean and cook is fresh. To verify if the fish is fresh, you need to check 3 things. First, check that the eye is vivid. Second, the skin has a bright color. Third, the flesh is firm upon touching.
Now, start by cleaning the fish from its intestines. Place the fish on a cutting board and make a cut on the belly and proceed straight up under the head. Grab the entrails with your hands and remove them. Wash well the belly of the fish under running water to remove any traces of blood.
With the appropriate scaler tool, or with the blade of a knife, carefully scale the sea bream. Pass the tool from the tail to the head in a repeated manner. To reduce the mess, carry out this operation under running water, or, placing the fish in a bag. Wash it again under running water. Now your sea bream is ready to be seasoned and cooked.
How to marinate fish?
This recipe of baked sea bream is so easy to make because you only need few ingredients to prepare the marinade. Therefore, you need olive oil, juice squeezed of fresh lemon, rosemary sprigs, granulated garlic, and salt. Yes, as little as it may seem is more than enough to prepare a perfectly balanced in taste baked sea bream. Just imagine the blend of flavors: the refreshing and sour taste of the lemon juice along with the woody and herbal scents of olive oil and rosemary.
Rub the salt and the granulated garlic into the skin of the fish and sprinkle some of it in the inside of the belly. Then mix the lemon juice with the olive oil, shake well and pour over the fish. Insert one rosemary sprig and one lemon slice into each of the fishes you intend to marinate and let it absorb all the flavors for about 30 minutes.
How to bake sea bream?
Now you are one step closer to getting the most succulent and delicious baked sea bream. Preheat oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes. In the meantime, line a parchment paper on a baking tray and lay on the marinated fish. Insert the tray into the hot oven and bake the sea bream at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 25 minutes. The skin should be lightly golden when the fish reaches its perfect doneness. Take that as a trustful indicator.
When the time expires, take out the tray and let the fish sit for about 5 minutes. It is now ready to be devoured.
How to serve baked fish?
I can’t recall any dish more versatile than this woody scented baked sea bream. In my family, it is usually served with a refreshing sauce such as the tzatziki sauce. Also, the fish pairs extraordinarily with Grilled Vegetables with Aromatic Herb Sauce, Humble & Delish Smashed Potatoes, and Creamy Tomato Salad. I guarantee you will be able to pair this baked sea bream with practically anything that comes to your mind. Make sure to open up the fish flavors even more with a glass of chill write dry wine. Enjoy!
Baked Sea Bream With Woody Herbs & Lemon
- 8-10 oz sea breams each, whole
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lemon
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp granulated garlic
- Scale, clean and wash the sea bream. Use a paper towel to absorb excess water
- Rub salt and granulated garlic into the skin
- Mix the olive oil with the juice of a lemon and pour over the fish, pour some inside the belly of the fish
- Insert one rosemary sprig and one slice of lemon into the belly of each fish
- Let marinate for 30 minutes
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees for 10 minutes
- Line a parchment paper on a baking tray; lay over the fishes
- Insert the baking tray into the oven and bake for 25 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit
- Take out the tray from the oven and let the fish sit for 5 minutes
- Serve with pleasure!