Deluxe Orata all'acqua Pazza (Poached Sea Bream)

Deluxe Orata all'acqua Pazza (Poached Sea Bream)

My favorite way to eat sea bream. Despite being simple to prepare, it looks gorgeous. It's perfect for dinner parties.

Ingredients: 2~3 servings

Sea Bream
Manila clams
about 15
about 10
Cherry tomatoes
about 15
White wine
1/2 cup (100 ml)
1 cup (200 ml)
1 clove, minced
Olive oil
2 tablespoons


1. Generously sprinkle the outer surface of the sea bream with salt. Then generously salt the inside of the fish, too. Clean (purge) the manila clams. Cut the zucchini into 1 cm cubes. Halve the olives, if desired.
2. In a pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and add the minced garlic. When fragrant, add the fish to the pan (remove the garlic so that it doesn't burn).
3. When the fish is slightly charred, turn it over and also flip the zucchini. Add all the clams and pour in the white wine, then cover the pan with a lid.
4. Cook the fish, covered, for about 1 minute, then add the tomatoes, olives and water. Cover the pan and cook for another 10 minutes.
5. When all the clams are open and the fish is cooked through, remove the lid and season with salt and pepper. Once the soup thickens slightly, it's done.
6. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil (not listed in ingredients) and sprinkle with the garlic (from Step 2) and minced parsley (not listed in ingredients).
7. Served with basil tagliatelle.

Story Behind this Recipe

I wanted to come up with a simple yet delicious way to prepare sea bream.