baked sea bream in foil
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Sea bream baked in foil - Orata al Cartoccio

One of the best and tastiest fish dishes, healthy, easy and quick to prepare.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Sea bream baked in foil - Orata al Cartoccio
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling time 3 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 294kcal
Author Authentic Italian Cuisine


  • 2 Sea Bream of about 300 gr. Each gutted and scaled but with head and skin on
  • 2 Clove Garlic
  • 1 Spring Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Spring Fresh Parsley
  • 12 Cherry Tomatoes
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper Optional


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4.
  • Rinse the sea breams under cold water and place them on a plate.
  • Lay out a sheet of aluminum foil for each sea bream big enough to wrap around it and place a sheet of parchment paper on top of the foil.
  • Grease the parchment paper with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and place the fish on top.
  • Stuff the inside of each sea bream with a garlic clove, a spring of thyme, some olive oil and a pinch of salt.
  • Top each fish with 6 cherry tomato halves and one spring of the parsley chopped, then sprinkle with more olive oil, salt, and ground black pepper.
  • Close the parchment paper by rolling the edges tightly then close the aluminum foil in the same way.
  • Place on a baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes.          
  • Let it cool for 2- 3 minutes then remove the aluminum foil.
  • Serve the Sea Bream closed in the parchment paper.



 Cooking time may vary depending on the size of the fish.