Algarvian Style Sea-Bass Baked in the Oven

If you follow my Instagram you’ll have seen the delicious picture I posted of an amazing fish lunch that I had recently at 2Passos Restaurant in the Algarve, Portugal.  A beautiful whole Dorade (Sea Bream) baked in the oven on a bed of onions, tomatoes and garlic.  The combination had all the flavours of the Mediterranean and made for an absolutely delicious lunch in the sun.  Back from my holiday now, I’m still dreaming about those delicious flavours so I decided to re-create the recipe at home.  Sea-Bass was the closest fish at the fish counter that I could find to the Sea-Bream so I decided to have a go at making Algarvian Style Sea-Bass.

TO make the Algarvian Style Sea-Bas, start by preheating the oven to 180C (350F)

Slice the onions into rings and roughly slice the garlic.  It may sound like a lot of garlic but it’s definitely the garlic that makes this dish so Algarvian!  Everything is Portugal is full of garlic and olive oil and I can’t get enough of it!Algarvian Style Sea-Bass Baked in the Oven by Emma Eats & ExploresQuarter the tomatoes and add to the onions and garlic in a Deep Roasting Tin.  Drizzle over 3 tablespoons of the oil, season well with plenty of salt and black pepper and stir to make sure everything is well coated.  You need so much olive oil as you don’t want the vegetables to dry out in the oven.  They soften and break down to make almost a kind of sauce to have with the fish!Algarvian Style Sea-Bass Baked in the Oven by Emma Eats & ExploresBake the onions, garlic and tomatoes in the oven for 45 mins, stirring occasionally so they don’t burn on the top.  After 45 minutes stir through most of the handful of chopped coriander (cilantro) leaves, leaving a few behind to stuff the fish with and garnish the dish at the end.

Now it’s time to prepare the fish.  I bought mine gutted from the fish counter but you could always just buy fish fillets, it would work in a similar way.  just make sure to sit them on top of the lemon and coriander (cilantro) rather than stuffing them with it).

Slice half of the lemon and stuff into the belly of the fish along with a few coriander (cilantro) leaves.  Rub the remaining tablespoon of olive oil all over the fish skin to coat it well and season well with plenty of sea salt.  Then, lay the fish on top of the tomato and onion mixture and bake for a further 15 minutes until the flesh is cooked through.  The flesh will be opaque rather than translucent.

An optional step when the fish is cooked through is to turn the grill on for a couple of minutes to crisp up the skin on the fish and add some colour.  I love the charred flavour that this brings to the dish as most Algarve Seafood is cooked on an open flame or a BBQ!

Finally, squeeze the juice of the remaining half a lemon over the dish and serve garnished with a sprinkling of the chopped coriander (cilantro) leaves. And there you have it!  Baked Algarvian Style Sea-Bass cooked in a London apartment!Algarvian Style Sea-Bass Baked in the Oven by Emma Eats & ExploresOne bite of this Algarvian Style Sea-Bass and the feeling of being sat on the beach in the sun eating this at lunch came flooding back.  I love the way that food can evoke so many memories and the smells and tastes can take you right back to another time and place.  The fish in this dish is so juicy thanks to baking it with the onions and tomatoes so that it doesn’t dry out and I love the way the onions, garlic and tomatoes almost melt into a delicious sauce as they break down.

If you want to increase the richness of the dish you can even add a small knob of butter to the tomatoes and onions and stir through just before serving.  Insanely decadent but full of healthy fats and plenty of protein and vitamins.Algarvian Style Sea-Bass Baked in the Oven by Emma Eats & ExploresThis dish served two of us a huge main meal and there were plenty of leftovers of the tomatoes and onions to use at a later date.  It really was a filling meal and would be delicious served with a yummy salad, like my Lentil and Feta one or maybe my Roasted Kale and Broccoli one.

You could use any fish in the dish if you can’t get your hands on sea bass.  At 2Passos they used Sea-Bream, but equally you could use any whole fish or even fillets if that’s what you have to hand.  Cod and salmon would both work well in this.  It’s a great one for a dinner party as it looks so beautiful when it’s brought to the table in it’s cooking dish!  And it’s so easy to make – most of the time it’s just doing it’s own thing in the oven!Algarvian Style Sea-Bass Baked in the Oven by Emma Eats & Explores

All you need now is a glass of crisp white wine and some sunshine!!

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Algarvian Style Sea-Bass
Algarvian Style Sea-Bass Baked in the Oven by Emma Eats & Explores
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Ingredients
Algarvian Style Sea-Bass Baked in the Oven by Emma Eats & Explores
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F).
  2. Slice the onions into rings and roughly slice the garlic.
  3. Chop the tomatoes into quarters and add to a Deep Large Roasting Tin with the onions and garlic.
  4. Drizzle over 3 tablespoons of the oil, season well with salt and pepper and stir to make sure everything is well coated.
  5. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes stir through most of the handful of chopped coriander (cilantro) leaves, leaving a few behind to stuff the fish with and garnish the dish at the end.
Prepare the fish
  1. Slice half of the lemon and stuff into the belly of the fish along with a few coriander (cilantro) leaves.
  2. Rub the tablespoon of olive oil all over the fish skin to coat it well and season well with plenty of sea salt.
  3. Lay the fish on top of the tomato and onion mixture and bake for a further 15 minutes until the fish is cooked through.
Optional step
  1. When the fish is cooked through, turn the grill on for a couple of minutes to crisp up the skin on the fish and char it slightly.
  2. Squeeze the juice of the remaining half a lemon over the dish and serve garnished with a sprinkling of the chopped coriander (cilantro) leaves.

Allergy & Dietary Information for Algarvian Style Sea-Bass

This recipe is Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free & Refined-Sugar Free.  It’s also suitable for Paleo, SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet), Whole30, Pescatarian and Low Carb diets.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m trying not to be sad about the fact that I don’t live near a large body of water. The lack of quality fresh seafood makes me envious of posts like these. Enjoy it for me!

  2. Love Cake Create says:

    Oh wow, this looks incredible! What a lovely meal to make for the family, my hubby would love this so much.

  3. Yolanda says:

    Whole fish is honestly the only way I LOVE to eat fish. I have to say though, I’ve never made it at home. I think i’ve been intimidated by it somehow. I’m saving this to try as I know what a treat it will be. Thanks!

  4. This looks absolutely fantastic! And seems simple enough. I can’t wait to try this recipe, thanks!

  5. I love making whole fish! Sort of brings out my animalistic roots – and it’s always way juicier than baking a filet!

  6. Kate says:

    I’ve never grilled fish after baking but this sounds like a brilliant idea! I’ll have to try this next time we get some whole fish!

  7. I can’t be dealing with the heads on the fish, but other than that it looks scrummy!

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