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Sea bream wrapped in cooking foil 1 (Orata al cartoccio) | Seafood recipes

Sea bream wrapped in cooking foil 1 (Orata al cartoccio)

One of the easiest and most effective ways to cook fish is to wrap it in foil. All the flavours stay inside the wrap and work their way through the fish flesh! When cooking using this method, use simple ingredients and very fresh fish for best results. To stuff the fish, you can use different herbs (rosemary, wild fennel, thyme, parsley, bay leaf) but I suggest using one or two herbs at a time. The recipe I am presenting here requires very few ingredients, but you will be pleasantly surprised with the flavours.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 650 kcal

Equipment

  • Oven Dish
  • Kitchen Scales

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Sea bream of about 350 g (12 oz)
  • 4 small rosemary sprigs
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Some extra virgin olive oil (using a bottle is more practical)
  • Salt and black ground pepper for seasoning

Instructions
 

  • When buying the fish, ask your fishmonger to gut and scale it, but do not remove head and tail. At home, rinse the fish under fresh water and then pat it dry with kitchen paper. 
    Sea bream wrapped in cooking foil 1 (Orata al cartoccio) | Seafood recipes
  • Cut a large piece of foil so that you can wrap your fish later. In the centre of the foil put a layer of greaseproof paper, roughly of the same length as your fish. Put some drops of olive oil on the greaseproof paper. 
    Sea bream wrapped in cooking foil 1 (Orata al cartoccio) | Seafood recipes
  • Spread the olive oil all around the greaseproof paper (use your fingers or a little brush). 
    Sea bream wrapped in cooking foil 1 (Orata al cartoccio) | Seafood recipes
  • Take the fish and season its belly starting with a drizzle of olive oil and then with salt and black pepper. 
    Sea bream wrapped in cooking foil 1 (Orata al cartoccio) | Seafood recipes
  • Cut the cloves of garlic in half and put some of the garlic inside the fish belly. 
    Sea bream wrapped in cooking foil 1 (Orata al cartoccio) | Seafood recipes
  • Stuff the belly with a couple of rosemary sprigs and add the remaining garlic. 
    Sea bream wrapped in cooking foil 1 (Orata al cartoccio) | Seafood recipes
  • Put some rosemary inside the gills. 
    Sea bream wrapped in cooking foil 1 (Orata al cartoccio) | Seafood recipes
  • Put the remaining rosemary outside, around the fish. 
    Sea bream wrapped in cooking foil 1 (Orata al cartoccio) | Seafood recipes
  • Next, drizzle some olive oil over the fish.
    Sea bream wrapped in cooking foil 1 (Orata al cartoccio) | Seafood recipes
  • Season the outside with salt.
    Sea bream wrapped in cooking foil 1 (Orata al cartoccio) | Seafood recipes
  • Season the outside with black pepper.
    Sea bream wrapped in cooking foil 1 (Orata al cartoccio) | Seafood recipes
  • The fish is ready for the oven.
    Sea bream wrapped in cooking foil 1 (Orata al cartoccio) | Seafood recipes
  • Close the wrap, seal it folding the sides and put it onto an oven tray. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C (400°F).
    Sea bream wrapped in cooking foil 1 (Orata al cartoccio) | Seafood recipes
  • When the oven is hot, put the tray into the oven and cook the fish for about 30 minutes.
    Sea bream wrapped in cooking foil 1 (Orata al cartoccio) | Seafood recipes
  • Once the fish is ready, remove the top skin and drizzle with some good quality olive oil (the fish may be served on the wrap). 
    Sea bream wrapped in cooking foil 1 (Orata al cartoccio) | Seafood recipes

Notes

Buon appetito!
Federico Pezzaioli

Nutrition

Calories: 650kcal
Keyword Seafood
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