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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Ramiro is cooking volume 2 “Dorada al horno” “golden bream”

The gilt-head (sea) or golden bream Sparus aurata (Linn.) is a fish of the bream family Sparidae found in the Mediterranean Sea and the eastern coastal regions of the North Atlantic Ocean. It grows to about 60 cm long.

The only problem is that a wild one of 50 centimetres will cost you about 200 euro or more. Fortunately most of those fishes come from fish farms and weight about 600 grams to 1,200 grams. This is enough for one or two persons and to fit inside a normal oven.

You will need.

  • Potatoes
  • Lemon
  • Garlic
  • onions
  • Salt & pepper
  • A “dorada” or two
  • A nice oven
  • Tomatoes

How to cook.

Pre-heat the oven at 200 Celsius. Clean the fish, but keep its head and open it from its head to the tail using a sharpened knife. Wash it gently and let it dry using paper.

Slice the onions, tomatoes and lemons and put them inside the fish. Add salt and pepper both inside and outside to your taste.

Peel and slice the potatoes and fry them in oil. We will use them as the fish’s “bed” put some onion too if you like a sweeter taste.

Put the fish over the potatoes bed. Timing will depend on the fish size but as a general rule expect at least 40 minutes (20 + 20 each side) for a 800 grams "Dorada"

About the garlic? Smash it with a mortar and add some water, throw it over the fish when you change its side in the oven.

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