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Sea bream in a salt crust

by Christina Julia

Sea bream in a salt crust

Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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  • 1kg/21⁄4lb whole sea bream
  • 1 shallot, sliced thinly
  • 1 sprig of fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 sprig of fresh tarragon
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2.5kg/51⁄2lb coarse sea salt lemon wedges, to garnish
  • For the sauce
  • 2 shallots, very finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons freshly squeezedlemon juice
  • 300g/11oz butter, diced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas mark 7.
  • Wash the sea bream under cold running water, and pat dry with kitchen
  • Stuff the body cavity with the shallot, parsley, tarragon and garlic.
  • Sprinkle a thick layer of the salt into the bottom of a roasting tin large
    enough to hold the fish with lots of space around it. Top with the fish,
    then pour the remaining salt over the fish to completely cover it. Sprinkle
    water lightly over the salt. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes.
  • To make the sauce, put the shallots and lemon juice in a saucepan, and
    simmer gently over a low heat for 5 minutes. Increase the heat until the
    lemon juice is reduced by half. Reduce the heat and add the butter,
    piece by piece, whisking constantly, until all the butter is incorporated
    and the sauce is thick. Season with salt and pepper, and keep warm.
  • Remove the fish from the oven and leave to stand for 5 minutes before
    cracking open the salt. Remove the fish, garnish with lemon wedges and
    serve hot with the sauce.

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