Today I decided to share with you a recipe with my favorite fish. Sea Bream, or as we call it in Greece “Tsipoura”. It’s one of the most flavorful fish that is well praised by everyone (I’m betting you too once you try it) for its impeccable taste, as well as its “nice looks”.
Even back in ancient times Sea bream was devoted to the goddess Aphrodite by the Ancient Greeks as it was one of the best fish you could have.
In this recipe I wanted to show you how to cook a proper Greek Sea Bream. With lemon, olive oil a bit o garlic and of course oregano. All wrapped up first in parchment paper and than in aluminum foil so no flavor or aromas can possibly escape.
Greece is a country that is being surrounded by sea, with lots of islands all around. Therefore we are used in consuming, a good amount of fresh fish in our diet. This is one of the reasons, that Greek diet is considered as one of the healthiest in the world.
Sea Bream other than having a divine taste, also contains a good amount of Ωμεγα-3 (Omega-3 fats) which makes it a very healthy option as well.
And because its such a nice fish, it deserves to be cooked with respect. You should allow it to give you it’s full taste. Meaning that you needn’t put any heavy stuff on it. Nor use any heavy cooking methods like frying .
This fish really shines if its cooked gently. Either in the oven, or grilled. It’s a shame to fry it or cover it’s taste with any type of sauce (trust me on this one).
“I put a spell on you”
I remember one time in the restaurant, that I had so many orders at once, and there was this client that was complaining for his fish platter being late. The waiter kept apologizing, trying to calm him down. Once the fish platter was served, he ate it and stood up.
He came to apologized about 3 times for his complains, and said that Sea Bream, was one of the best fish he ever had. It was like the fish, had put a spell on him (I certainly didn’t put anything on it).
When I make this fish I like to serve it with some grilled marinated zucchinis and some baked potato with freshly chopped onion on top. Another delicious side dish for this fish, would be a light potato salad with fresh herbs. Or simply a classic Greek salad can never do you wrong.