Spanish Baked Sea Bream Recipe

Serves/Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 large whole sea bream or red snapper, (or 2 smaller ones to make a total weight of approx 4 pounds)
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1 lemon, cut into half rings
  • 2 pounds waxy potatoes, evenly and thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 7 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • A pinch saffron strands
  • 1 teaspoon salt
How to cook Spanish Baked Sea Bream:
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Make a few deep slashes on either side of the whole sea bream, across the thickest part, so that it cooks evenly.
  • Season the whole sea bream inside and out with salt and pepper, then squeeze over the lemon juice and rub it in well, again both inside and out. Set aside.
  • Arrange the potatoes and onion in layers in a greased ovenproof dish that's large enough to take the whole sea bream as well. In a mortar, pound the garlic, saffron, 5 tablespoons parsley and salt into a paste.
  • Gradually work in 4 tablespoons olive oil and 4 tablespoons of water, then spoon over the potato and onion. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes, until the potato and onion are almost cooked.
  • Place a few lemon half rinds in the cavity of each fish and insert them in slashes of fish.
  • Lay the whole sea bream on top and spoon over the remaining olive oil. Return to the oven and bake for another 25 minutes if you're using 1 large fish, or 15 minutes more if you're using 2 smaller fish, until it is just cooked through. Scatter with the remaining parsley and lemon zest.
  • Serve the Spanish Baked Sea Bream immediately.
Spanish Baked Sea Bream recipe

Notes:

Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Comments:

This Spanish dish of baked whole sea bream, traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve, is one of the best festive main courses. It may not have the grandeur of a huge turkey-and-trimmings production, but with saffron and garlic baked into the roasted potatoes and onions, it beats it hands down on flavor.

This recipe for Spanish Baked Sea Bream serves/makes: 4 servings

The Spanish Baked Sea Bream recipe and the pictures are adopted from The Our Favorite Fish & Seafood Recipes Cookbook.

Main Ingredient: Bream (more Bream recipes)
Preparation Method: Baked (more Baked recipes)
Cuisine: Spanish (more Spanish recipes)

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