sea bream

Whole sea bream from the oven-super easy to prepare!

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We all need to have a few simple, yet wow recipes, up our sleeves. This whole sea bream out of the oven is one of them. It is so effortless to prepare and wow, the effect it has! So elevate your culinary repertoire with a go-to dish that effortlessly combines simplicity and sophistication—my oven-baked sea bream.

This recipe is a culinary ace up your sleeve, perfect for hosting guests or treating yourself to a delightful evening. The minimal effort required belies the stunning impact it delivers on the palate.

The convenience of preparing this dish in advance makes it a host’s dream.

So do yourself a favour and picture this: the sea bream, meticulously seasoned and ready to dazzle, quietly resting in the fridge until showtime. And when the moment arrives, you effortlessly slide it into the oven, letting the magic unfold. Paired with a refreshing lentil salad and a glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, you’ve just orchestrated an unforgettable dining experience.

Sounds like a plan? Let’s get started!

But first, let’s talk simplicity.

Is it easy to prepare a Sea Bream?

Is it easy to prepare a sea bream?

Oh absolutely.

The key lies in a handful of quality ingredients:

  • a drizzle of olive oil,
  • zesty lemons,
  • fresh sprigs of parsley,
  • and a dash of salt and pepper.

And, of course, the star of the show—the sea bream itself..

Begin by giving the sea bream a brief soak in cold water for five minutes, enhancing its texture for easier filleting later. I got shown this hack from my favorite fish store back home. And it really makes it so much easier!

Meanwhile, whisk together the olive oil, salt, and pepper to create a flavor-packed marinade. Pat the your fish dry, and with a culinary brushstroke, coat an ovenproof ceramic dish or tray with the tantalizing oil mixture.

Now, the artistry begins.

I could write that you need to make some cuts on each side of the fish, allowing the flavors to penetrate deeply. Insert slices of lemon and sprigs of parsley into the incisions, infusing the sea bream with aromatic goodness. A final brush of olive oil, a crown of lemon slices on top, and into the oven it goes for a mere 20 minutes. Voila! Your beautiful sea bream is ready to steal the spotlight. (Thanks ChatGPT for that genius array of words I would have never come up with by myself)

Or simply put:

Cut 3 times on the skin of your fish on each side using a very sharp knife. Cut the lemon in slices and place them with some parsley inside. Brush the sea bream with the remaining olive oil and add the remaining lemon slices on top. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, and you are ready to enjoy your beautiful sea bream!

What pairs well with the sea bream?

And what complements this culinary masterpiece? The sea bream’s versatility shines, making it a perfect companion to a myriad of sides. Picture it with salted potatoes for a classic touch, or alongside a vibrant kale salad for a health-conscious twist.

Or a lentil salad, packed with flavor and nutrients!!

Or are you feeling a bit traditional? Opt for a Swabian potato salad. Still undecided? Explore my curated selection of favorite salads; there’s bound to be one that speaks to your taste buds.

In the realm of culinary delights, the oven-baked sea bream stands tall as a testament to the beauty of simplicity. Effortless in preparation, yet dazzling in presentation, this recipe is your ticket to an enchanting dining experience.

Let the sea bream take center stage, and relish in the joy of sharing a meal that effortlessly marries ease with elegance.

Love, in every bite.

sabrina x

Sea Bream from the oven

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Effortless and delicious-ready in 35 Minutes!

  • Prep time:
    15 minutes
  • Baking time:
    20 minutes
  • Total time:
    35 minutes


2 servings
2 whole sea bream  -degutted and cleaned, ask your fish supplier for this
4 Tbsp olive oil
2 lemons-cut in slices
2 sprigs parsley
salt & pepper to taste


  • Oven

Steps of preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 °C
  2. Immerse the sea bream in cold water for 5 minutes which will help you later
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil & salt and pepper
  4. Take the sea bream out of the water and pat it dry with a paper towel
  5. Take an ovenproof ceramic dish (you can also use your oven tray) and brush some oil mixture on it
  6. Cut 3 times on the skin of the sea bream on each side using a sharp knife
  7. Cut the lemon in slices and place them with some parsley inside your sea bream
  8. Brush the sea bream with the olive oil and add the remaining lemon on top
  9. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes
  10. enjoy!

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