A super simple baked fish recipe, that just needs a salad on the side…
I wish my folks would eat fish. Back home, fish is a part of our daily lunch habits. There would always be a fish curry – usually the varutha style – and if there is extra, then fish fry too. There wouldn’t be a single day where fish wouldn’t be a part. When umma would go to be with my sister in US, her only complaint would be the non-availability of any fish except frozen fillets and salmon. When my parents come here, fish is the top on our grocery list. Hehe… Despite being back home, where fish is usually available in abundance, D would always say that somehow fresh fish from the market here tastes way more better. I guess it is more due to the lack of use of any preservatives in the fish here.
Unfortunately my girls are not at all into fish. Rasha would eat an occasional prawn roast or a fried peice of kingfish or pomfret, but nothing more than that. Azza wouldn’t even bother touch with her hands. HD wouldn’t go beyond one peice most of the time. How much ever I tell them that fish is such an amazingly lean and healthy protien, it simply doesn’t work with them. When they were small, they would at least make an effort to eat, but now it has gone to almost nil. Hmm…
So when I got this whole sea bream ordered fresh, my girls simply turned their faces away. I was a little disappointed because I thought they would eat it, since it is a white fish and isn’t smelly. Anyway, I decided to go ahead and bake it for lunch during a weekend. I have made seared salmon before and also baked fish the Emirati style. I didn’t want to bake it with our style masala rubbed on it. HD is usually good for ideas when I get stuck. He suggested that we do just salt and pepper on the fish and stuff its cavities with whatever is available. He then dug out the lime and coriander from the fridge and then the garlic and got to work. He threw in the small peice of capsicum that was lying in the fridge and hence you see those little sprinklings around. Hehe…
We cooked the fish for just fifteen minutes and it came out really well done and utterly delicious! Seabream being a white fish is really easy on the stomach and a delight to have. We had it with some jeera rice and dal tadka, and what a meal it was! Though my girls didn’t touch the fish despite me cajouling them to atleast try a peice, I am just glad I got to enjoy half the fish on my own. 😉 This wold be amazing with whole fishes like hamour or a small king fish too… If you are someone who likes fish with minimal spices, this recipe is surely a must try…
Baked Sea Bream | Easy Baked Fish
- 500-600 gm sea bream whole, cleaned
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Olive oil as required
- A small bunch of coriander leaves
- 5-6 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 lemon/ lime sliced
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking tray and set aside.
- Clean and pat dry the whole sea bream. Draw stashes with a knife.
- Season generously on both sides and rub some olive oil as well.
- Stuff the coriander leaves, lime and garlic into the cavity of the fish.
- Bake for 12 minutes. Turn on the grill and grill for 2 minutes.
- Take out and serve hot with side of choice.