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Roast fennel-stuffed bream with fennel seed and orange oil

Roast fennel-stuffed bream with fennel seed and orange oil

Published: March 25, 2015 at 3:08 pm
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 2

Serve this stunning seasonal dish on a citrusy, refreshing bed of fennel for a dinner party centrepiece


Try this stuffed sea bream recipe. Buy the freshest fish you can and ask the fishmonger for smallish bream – you want one-per-person size.


  • 2 gilt-head bream, scaled and trimmed of fins
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 small bulbs fennel
  • ½ bunch dill
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • rapeseed oil
  • seebds 1 tbsp fennel
  • for seasoning flaky sea salt


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 180c/fan 160c/gas 4. On a baking tray, lay out a sheet of foil and drizzle it with some rapeseed oil.
    Thinly slice the fennel (on a mandolin if possible) and put a layer of it on the foil.
    Slice one of the oranges and put the slices on top of the fennel and sprinkle on the capers.
    Put the fish on top and stuff in a bit of the fennel and orange into the gut cavity.
    Drizzle on a little more rapeseed oil and season with sea salt.
    Put a second layer of foil over the top and seal the fish up as if in a parcel.
    Put the tray into the oven at and bake for 25 minutes or until cooked through.

  • STEP 2

    While the fish is in the oven, finely zest and juice the other orange.
    Put the juice and zest in a bowl and add 3 tbsp of the rapeseed oil and fennel seeds.
    Finely chop the dill and mix together into the dressing.

  • STEP 3

    Remove the fish from the oven and put onto a serving plate.
    Add some of the cooked fennel and dress the whole fish with the orange and fennel seed dressing.


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