Orata all'acqua Pazza (Poached Sea Bream)

Orata all'acqua Pazza (Poached Sea Bream)

Acqua pazza is easy to prepare yet looks gorgeous. It's perfect for parties. The sea bream absorbs the flavor of manila clams, and it tastes wonderful.

Ingredients: 2 servings

Sea Bream
Manila clams
Snap peas (strings removed)
1 pack
Cherry tomatoes
Extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons
Garlic (minced)
1 tablespoon
Basil (dried)
2 teaspoons
Oregano (dried)
1 teaspoon
Thyme (dried)
1 teaspoon
White wine
a small amount


1. Remove the scales, guts and gills from the fish (ask your fishmonger to do this for you). Make 2 diagonal and parallel slits on each side of the fish.
2. In a deep pan, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the garlic. Heat the oil gradually over a low heat.
3. When fragrant, add the fish, presentation-side down.
4. When golden brown, flip the fish.
5. Add the manila clams and white wine. Flambé the wine to evaporate the alcohol (alternatively, reduce the wine by half.) Add water and cover the pan. Steam over a medium-heat.
6. Once the clams open, add the snap peas and cherry tomatoes. When the snap peas are bright green, it's done.
7. Drizzle the fish with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and plate at the table. Add salt if desired.

Story Behind this Recipe

I've been making acqua pazza for quite some time now, but decided to upload the recipe since hitting upon the idea of serving it with olive oil.