Baked Sea Bream


serves 4
1 bream, about 2 1/4 lb (1.1 kg), scaled and gutted
Olive oil
1 large onion, sliced into rings
2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
4 ripe tomatoes, thickly sliced
12 black olives
Freshly ground black pepper
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1-2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped


1. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 6, 400°F (200°C).

2. Wash the fish and pat it dry with kitchen paper.

3. Heat a little oil in a heavy pan and gently fry the onion with the garlic until it is soft but not brown.

4. Lightly oil a shallow baking dish and spread half the softened onion, garlic and tomato slices over the base of the dish.

5. Put the fish on top and surround with the olives.

6. Season generously with freshly ground black pepper.

7. Sprinkle the lemon juice over the fish, cover with the remaining tomatoes and softened onion and garlic, season again with pepper and sprinkle with the chopped parsley.

8. Drizzle a little olive oil over the dish, cover loosely with foil and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.

9. Then remove the foil and check the fish before returning it to the oven for a final 10 minutes or until it is cooked.

What did you think?

61 people have helped to review this recipe. Thankyou!

Re: baked sea bream
posted by l @ 11:17AM, 4/05/08
It is very nice... kids loved it... husband loved it... thanks!
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posted by mum1 @ 05:14PM, 5/20/08
Really nice and quick to prepare which is a bonus. Didn't use the olives though! (don't like olives!)
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posted by eif @ 04:03PM, 8/04/08
I've just spent a short time preparing this dish, its in the oven right now! It looked amazing before going in, can't wait to try it!
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posted by Eif @ 05:17PM, 8/04/08
Wow, what a dish! I used 2 smaller fish, and halved plumb tomatoes to serve 2 hungry people! Served up with a baked potato, and garnished with baby leaf salad. I also added a glug of white wine vinegar to the juices left in the roasing tin, to make a nice vinegarette to drizzle over the dish.
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posted by Zoe @ 05:03AM, 10/01/08
Absolutely LOVELY!! and very easy - I will be adding this recipe to one of my regulars! Tasty, tasty very very tasty! I also served with baked potato and with spinach.
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posted by PB @ 04:30AM, 2/21/09
Lovely lovely dish....had it last night...made it for my girl friend and now she thinks I can cook well,yikes!!!!!!,wonderful night and easily made.
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posted by Graham @ 03:32AM, 5/14/09
An excellent dish, simple to prepare. Rather surprisingly the onions, tomatoes and olives complimented the mild flavour of the fish rather than swamping it. Good visually too.
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posted by Ofonimeh Umoh Abudu @ 05:19PM, 11/14/10
Extremely delicious, very easy and quick to make. We loved every morsel of this meal served with baby potatoes and broccoli yummy :-) yum yum
Baked Sea Bream
posted by Jim @ 02:24PM, 2/27/11
ONIONS with Sea Bream? ............. Don't do it - shallots maybe, few leeks would be better. Don't smother it, make it easy to serve which it aint if it's smothered in stuff! I liked it with new potatoes, petit pois and cold beer.
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